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Channel 4 chief executive 'delighted' with F1 deal

David Abraham is overjoyed to get 'one of the world's biggest sporting events' Credit: PA

The chief executive of Channel 4 has spoken of his delight after striking a deal to show live Formula 1 racing.

David Abraham said:

Formula 1 is one of the world's biggest sporting events with huge appeal to British audiences.

I'm delighted to have agreed this exciting new partnership with Bernie Ecclestone to keep the sport on free-to-air television.

– Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham


Union urges Channel 4 to drop Immigration Street

Channel 4's 'Immigration Street' was filmed in Southampton's Derby Road. Credit: Channel 4

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady has added her voice to calls for Channel 4 to cancel its controversial documentary Immigration Street.

The broadcaster's plans for a series about immigration were scaled back after programme-makers were confronted on the street during filming.

The show, filmed in Southampton's Derby Road, was originally intended to be a six-part series but Channel 4 will now only broadcast one hour-long episode.

Ms O'Grady said: "Channel 4 needs to respect the views of the Southampton community and cancel Immigration Street.

"The show looks set to encourage social division and hostility towards migrants and the black, minority and ethnic community."

Instead of such irresponsible broadcasting, the media should expose how communities are suffering from the shocking impact of low wages, lousy contracts and cuts to services."

The show will be broadcast on Tuesday as part of a series of programmes looking at the issue of immigration.


Caroline Aherne 'will continue to narrate Gogglebox'

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne, who revealed she is fighting lung cancer, said she wants to continue narrating hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox.

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne. Credit: Jean/EMPICS Entertainment

She said: "I will be narrating this week's Gogglebox, and I will continue to narrate Gogglebox for as long as Gogglebox want me."

Ramadan call to prayer tops Channel 4 complaints list

The broadcast of the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan was Channel 4's most complained about programme last year.

The channel received 2,011 complaints about its 4Ramadan series of programmes, with 1,658 specifically about the call to prayer.

Muslims pray at a mosque in Crawley, Sussex. Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Channel 4's head of factual, Ralph Lee, said the response had shown a "level of Islamophobia" that was "unexpected".

The second most complained about show was Crazy About One Direction, a show following the popular boyband's most devoted fans that received over 1,000 complaints.

Strangers to be married off in new television show

Six single people are going to be introduced at the altar and married off on television in a bid to find the formula for the perfect relationship.

Channel 4 is launching a new show that will marry off singles. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

The couples will take part in Channel 4's show Married At First Sight which aims to find out if science can produce a stable marriage.

The show, which is based on a hit Danish programme, will reduce a pool of 200 people down to six singles who will be matched up by a panel of experts and cameras will follow their first six weeks together.

At the end of filming, the couples will be asked if they want to go their separate ways or stay together.

Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt said the show was "taking on Britain's reputation as the divorce capital of Europe".

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