Commissioning Editor

  • Full Time
  • London, UK
  • Applications have closed

Channel 4

Salary or Budget: Competitive
Experience required: 1+ years


Channel 4 Daytime & Features who deliver more than 1500 hours into the C4, More4, E4 & ALL4 portfolio. We aim to bring popular, distinctive & engaging features content with our innovative ways into lifestyle subjects and the best talent on TV.

We’re already known for our much-loved returning shows like Escape to the Chateau, Kirstie & Phil’s Location, Location, Location & Love it or List it; George Clarkes Amazing Spaces & Remarkable Renovations, Food Unwrapped, Great Pottery Throwdown, Come Dine with Me, Help! We Bought a Village, Great House Give Giveaway and Steph’s Packed Lunch. We’re also hungry for the next generation if ideas & talent that keep us fresh and relevant to our audiences.


To work with Commissioning Daytime & Features team to help manage our slate of long-running / retuning shows and deliver new titles across the portfolio


  • Work to ensure the quality & delivery of returning series
  • Deliver new series – working with indies to set format and tone
  • Work across multiple series and aspects of the portfolio simultaneously
  • Deliver existing and new series to E4
  • Work with indies and HOD on the recommissioning of returning series – including working with finance on budget and pitching at Genre meetings.
  • Help manage channel relationship with big on screen talent and develop new talent
  • View high volume of programmes & give editorial notes in timely manner to ensure quality & editorial rigour across our output
  • Be the main point of contact with producers on shows in production and keep HOD informed
  • Work with producers to deliver shows to budget, on schedule and to the expected standard & to ensure that Covid Protocols are kept up to date and in line with changing guidance.
  • Ensure that programmes are produced to Channel 4’s Editorial Guidelines
  • Develop effective working relationships with other departments in the Channel e.g. legal and compliance, marketing, press, scheduling etc
  • Develop and maintain a close and effective working relationship with the key independent production companies
  • To advocate for the best ideas and share the strategic aims of Daytime & Features with independent companies and at events


Technical & Professional Skills

  • Proven production experience in delivering Channel 4 shows for prime-time slots with PSB values at heart and operating at an exec level or above.
  • In depth knowledge of the D&F slate and historical output
  • Proven production experience across a range of genres eg E4 and Ents, in development and production
  • Highly organised & with an excellent eye for detail.
  • Experienced in finessing the editorial on a project in line with the agreed budget.
  • Strong understanding of legal/compliance guidelines.
  • Experience of delivering high volume on budget whilst maintaining ambition for the project.
  • Experience in taking a project from paper to screen
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to give clear & timely feedback in a business and creative context
  • The ability to be flexible with communication style, depending on what is most effective for the situation
  • Collaborative with colleagues and works in an open and inclusive way
  • Resilient and tenacious
  • Proven experience of the unique editorial challenges of live shows & experience in making swift editorial calls under pressure.
  • Knowledge of a range of independent production companies
  • Awareness of how content can be maximised across the portfolio on social and digital platforms (not just linear channels)

Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making

  • Proven sound editorial judgement and a demonstrable understanding of recent broadcasting output, audience, schedule, presentation, able to contribute to the departments strategic vision
  • Strong prioritising and time management skills, demonstrable ability to work to hard deadlines
  • Will be working in a different location to some colleagues so needs to be autonomous and proactively manage communications between all C4 bases (Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol & London)

Relationship Management

  • Demonstrable experience of managing relationships within a complex PSB, members of your immediate and wider teams and on and off screen talent

Complexity/Problem Solving

  • Job holder may face a number of unpredictable and unique problems e.g. a ground-breaking show may raise problems across the spectrum of editorial, legal, press, marketing, publicity and independent company liaison
  • High degree of creativity required when developing ideas and problem solving with highly demanding and unpredictable talent and production companies on programme content
  • Role holder will need to assess the impact of any contentious material on the general public
  • High degree of creativity required when developing ideas and problem solving with highly demanding and unpredictable talent and production companies on programme content
  • Role holder will need to assess the impact of any contentious material on the general public

Business Impact/Strategic Perspective

  • Understand our slots, audiences and tariffs
  • To make us the best broadcaster to work with so people bring us their best ideas first.
  • Working to deliver on the growth of the regional presence and perception of Channel 4


Understanding of the production process and pressures on production companies and how they impact on delivery.

Salary Competitive

Application questions to complete

To complete your application please provide a response to the below application questions, you can upload your response to the application questions as an attachment when submitting your application. This can be attached to your application as a PDF or Word document.

  • Please outline how you meet the ‘Essential Experience & Skills’ outlined in the Job Description (Max 500 words)


There are a million reasons why it’s great to work at Channel 4, here are just a few of the perks for you;

  • 26 days annual leave (including a day off for your birthday)
  • Company funded Private Medical Insurance
  • A generous Group Personal Pension
  • Access to our flexible benefits scheme including dental, travel insurance, health screenings and more!