• Channel 4 appoints new online chief, 4iP to report directly

    The UK broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed Richard Davidson-Houston in a newly created role of Head of Online. Previously he was Head of Online Products, and with this promotion is being given responsibility for “all Channel 4’s online propositions and commissioning”, which will also see 4iP, the broadcaster’s digital media fund, reporting directly to him. Read More

  • Audioboo, the Twitter-for-audio, closes first major round

    Audioboo, the ‘Twitter for Audio’, has closed its first major funding round, having ridden out a “monthly cash crisis”, the company tells TechCrunch Europe. And while the actual amount of new funding isn’t being disclosed, we’ve learned that it’s somewhere in the region of £1.5m. Audioboo’s investors now include Channel 4’s digital media… Read More

  • 4iP invests in iPhone fitness app GymFu, and a new service to help parents choose a school

    [UK] Channel 4’s 4iP fund will tomorrow announce seven new investments totaling £500,000 as part of its mission to kick-start new investment in public service-oriented digital media. However, while the full list hasn’t yet been made public, TechCrunch Europe has acquired details of two of the investments. GymFu, an iPhone app designed to encourage people to get fit, and School… Read More

  • 4iP makes £350k equity investment in MyBuilder.com

    Channel 4’s 4iP fund has acquired a minority equity stake in former Seedcamp winner, MyBuilder.com for £350,000. As part of the deal, MyBuilder.com’s services will be integrated into Channel 4’s 4Homes website, with the company getting a proportion of CPA revenue generated through the site. The deal is significantly 4iP’s first investment into a later stage company with… Read More

  • Online content + printing press = customised newspapers FTW

    Following the success of AudioBoo, 4iP has unveiled another investment with the potential to completely change the face of mainstream media – though this time, it’s all about print. Newspaper Club is a tool to help people make their own newspapers using online content. The site’s in private beta, with a public launch planned for late summer. Newspaper Club will let users… Read More

  • AudioBoo out of beta, now available at App Store

    AudioBoo, the audio blogging platform and iPhone app that was launched in private beta in January, is now freely available at the App Store. It’s one of 4iP’s first investments – backing Best Before Media’s development of AudioBoo, which lets users create and tag recordings which in effect produce a map of the world tagged with evocative sounds of each place. Knocking… Read More