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Channel 4 Press Packs 1982 – 2002

Channel 4’s weekly packs, the brainchild of Press Officer Chris Griffin-Beale, were the most comprehensive digest of programme information that any UK broadcaster supplied to the press. This site is a tribute to his pioneering work.


What's a Press Pack?

The Channel 4 press packs database offers a unique perspective on twenty years of programming that revolutionised British TV. Find out more about this invaluable resource.

TV Listings – a history

Learn about the history of TV programme information and discover how Channel 4’s Press Information Packs helped change the listings landscape.

Press Pack Case Studies

These two case studies offer examples of how the press packs informed our research on the AHRC project Channel 4 and British Film Culture.