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What's a Press Pack?

In the pre-internet age, broadcasters provided the press with print information about forthcoming programmes.¬†Whilst the identities of the BBC and ITV were well-established in the public consciousness and reinforced by dedicated listings and features magazines, Radio Times and TV Times, from 1982 the new fourth channel arguably had to work a good deal harder to establish its own distinctive profile.¬† Chris Griffin-Beale’s weekly press packs gave the newspapers plenty of useful copy. They included full listings, programme reviews, highlights features, publicity photographs, production credits and staff contact details.

Structure of a pack

Learn more about the structure of a pack to enhance your browsing and searching experience.

The Channel 4 Press Pack Digital Journey

Sample some highlights from our trip which transformed a collection of C4 press packs on a shelf into a searchable online resource