Channel 4’s chief executive, David Abraham, has announced that it is set to launch a new channel, 4seven, which will show the most popular content from the last seven days – chosen through social media and direct requests – to allow consumers to catch up without having to go online.
The first new channel to launch for the broadcaster since 2005, 4seven will be rolled out across all major TV platforms later this year, it was revealed during the FT Digital Media Conference.
Abraham said: "With so much choice out there, viewers are increasingly saying they sometimes just miss the best stuff, despite their PVR and VOD. 4seven will give viewers more chances to catch the most popular and talked about Channel 4 shows from the last seven days.
“It will schedule the main channel content that is creating noise - amongst social media, bloggers, commentators and of course via contact our viewers have directly with us - and incorporate this buzz into the look and feel of the channel.
“Scheduled in close harmony with all our other channels, 4seven will be a powerful way of maximising the audience for the many hours of new Channel 4 programming we launch every week, as well as an opportunity to direct viewers back to Channel 4 to watch more.
“The launch of 4seven also supports our strategy of embracing the opportunities of connectivity, by exploring ways to deepen engagement with our viewers and expand the choices we can offer them."