BBCWW, Channel 4 Agree On Areas For Collaboration; Could Include Online

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BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 have reached agreement on the areas where the two could collaborate in an on-screen joint venture, the BBC has confirmed. Timesonline reports that the pair have decided on setting up a JV called 4 Worldwide that would house C4’s digital channels E4, More4 and Film4 as well as its online activities and commercial operations, while Channel 4 retains control of its flagship terrestrial channel. A BBCWW spokeswoman today said it was”speculation” to say both sides had agreed on the shape and function of a JV but told us: “Talks that started last year are moving forward at a good pace and have come to some sensible conclusions about where collaboration could take place.”

BBCWW CEO John Smith wrote in The Sunday Times this week that the company could could play a role in securing C4’s future: “We have been working on proposals (subject to BBC Trust scrutiny and approval) that are imaginative and, set alongside the BBC

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