Channel 4 under fire for 4homes promotion

Channel%204Ofcom has rapped Channel 4 for promoting its 4homes magazine during its property and lifestyle programming.

The broadcast regulator investigated the channel following a complaint from trade group Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television (Pact) that the magazine was being promoted around shows such as Relocation, Relocation, Relocation and The F Word across Channel 4 and More4.

Ofcom is understood to have ruled that the cross promotion breached Rule 10.3 of the Broadcasting Code, which states: "Products and services must not be promoted in programmes. This rule does not apply to programme-related material."

Channel 4 says that the collective audience for its home interest and lifestyle shows was "substantial" and the magazine helped viewers interact with the programmes. It also says the 4homes website provides programme support material and that the magazine is "effectively an extension of the website into the printed form".

But Ofcom believes that very little of the content could be described as "directly derived from a specific programme". In its ruling Ofcom says: "The magazine seems very similar to other homes and interiors magazines on the market, largely comprising generic content about interiors, property and lifestyle."

The ruling continues: "We are sympathetic to Channel 4’s point that there are rights issues which have constrained its use of programme titles in the 4homes magazine. However, Rule 10.3 is concerned only with the promotion of products and services in or around programmes."

Latest from Marketing Week

NOT REGISTERED? IT'S FREE, QUICK AND EASY!

Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now

THE BEST CONTENT

Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.

THE BIGGEST ISSUES

From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3711 or email subscriptions@marketingweek.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here