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Technology

Technology

Technology

Technology looks after our information technology systems and services so we can deliver for our viewers and function as a business. This includes everything from audience-facing products and services on both TV and via digital channels to mobile applications and our central systems.

The department prides itself on being at the very forefront of technology so we can deliver as efficiently and effectively as possible.

There is a range of roles available here, including System Analysts who make sure our software, hardware and wider IT systems are fit for purpose and write requirements for new systems when they are not. Application Support Managers deal with application and system problems ensuring continuity of service for those on which we rely. While Broadcast Engineers look after hardware and broadcast systems that allow us to bring our programmes into people’s homes on time and with the highest level of quality.

Technology enables us to communicate and protects our data from security threats. Above all, it enables all major changes within the business. So we cannot move forward without it.

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Employee profiles

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Amir Aryanpour - Solution Architect

I am a Lead Solution Architect at Channel 4. Unlike other companies, all the new joiners of Channel 4 (including me) went through the induction on the very same day. This means I had started with colleagues from other departments like Finance or Legal, and promptly felt part of the “Channel 4 family”.

Channel 4 provides a dynamic environment and in the IT world, where I belong to, that is a blessing. I am at the forefront of efforts to revolutionise the technology of the over-the-air TV broadcasting and advertising landscape and no two days are the same. As a team, we work together, we think together, we make decisions together, we go through the pain together and we celebrate together. We even exercise together, and for me that is running with my colleagues by the Thames!

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Poonam Shah - Executive Assistant

I'm an Executive Assistant in the Technology department, having joined Channel 4 fifteen years ago as a Team Assistant on a six months contract. I still remember the excitement I felt walking beneath the iconic 4 and attending the induction in our cinema. A feeling of pride still resonates with me to date.

Channel 4 is made up of the most kind, talented and generous people and being the engagement lead for our department, I get to work on so many projects and initiatives which are challenging and fulfilling.

Being bold, being different and having an alternative voice is perhaps what I am most proud about at Channel 4. Internally, we have a similar ethos. We are encouraged to have a voice, put our ideas forward and get involved collectively on things that matter.

Your favourite perks at 4, I hear you ask? Our Christmas and summer parties are legendary, we get our birthday day off as well as extra days off over Christmas, and you are bound to bump into famous faces time to time!

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Sue Farrell - Broadcast Engineering Manager

As Channel 4’s Broadcast Engineering Manager, I lead a technical team working with our partners to specify and deliver our on-air services. I began my career in broadcasting twenty years ago after working as a research scientist. I enjoy analysing complex problems and coming up with creative solutions that benefit our millions of viewers.

I’ve always admired Channel 4 as an organisation and enjoyed its programming as a viewer, so I was pleased to join at a time of tremendous technology transformation. I love the principles and priorities of Channel 4 and its commitment to representing unheard voices and using entertainment to inspire change. Being part of a diverse team, pulling together to deliver on this purpose is really satisfying. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, if you have the right skills and experience to do your job, you are both welcomed and welcome to be yourself.

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Claire Penswick - Quality Assurance Delivery Lead

I joined Channel 4 in April 2020 during the first Covid Lockdown, which was a very well organised experience; I was well supported and have been working remotely ever since! The workplace culture is open, fun, diverse and collaborative. I am very proud to work for Channel 4 and of the work that we do.