Company updates

2023 Christmas and New Year Joint Broadcasters Deadlines

The copy instructions, delivery and approval timetable have been agreed by Channel 4, ITV, Sky and Warner Media for the 2023 Christmas and New Year period. Check below for both linear and VOD deadlines.

Linear airdateInstructions, copy approval and delivery by EOP
Wednesday 6th DecemberFriday 1st December
Thursday 7th DecemberMonday 4th December
Friday 8th DecemberMonday 4th December
Saturday 9th DecemberTuesday 5th December
Sunday 10th DecemberTuesday 5th December
Monday 11th DecemberWednesday 6th December
Tuesday 12th DecemberWednesday 6th December
Wednesday 13th DecemberThursday 7th December
Thursday 14th DecemberThursday 7th December
Friday 15th DecemberFriday 8th December
Saturday 16th DecemberFriday 8th December
Sunday 17th DecemberMonday 11th December
Monday 18th DecemberMonday 11th December
Tuesday 19th DecemberTuesday 12th December
Wednesday 20th DecemberTuesday 12th December
Thursday 21st DecemberWednesday 13th December
Friday 22nd DecemberWednesday 13th December
Saturday 23rd DecemberThursday 14th December
Sunday 24th DecemberThursday 14th December
Monday 25th December**Friday 15th December
Tuesday 26th December**Friday 15th December
Wednesday 27th December* (CLEARCAST CLOSED)Monday 18th December
Thursday 28th DecemberMonday 18th December
Friday 29th DecemberTuesday 19th December
Saturday 30th DecemberTuesday 19th December
Sunday 31st DecemberWednesday 20th December
Monday 1st January**Wednesday 20th December
Tuesday 2nd JanuaryWednesday 20th December

Bank Holiday**

Clearcast Closed*

VOD Deadlines

Copy, rotations, tracking tags and copy changes between Friday 22nd December and Thursday 4th January need to be received by the end of the day on Wednesday 13th December.

Normal delivery

  • Linear copy Instructions should be supplied at least two clear working days before transmission.
  • Linear copy should be delivered at least two clear working days before transmission to avoid a late delivery surcharge.


  • To comply with these deadlines please make sure additional time is factored in for clearance approval.
  • Approval should be before or by the delivery date, please be aware that two clear working days are required for video approval and we always advise you to leave at least two weeks for full clearance.
  • Copy received dates are to avoid late copy surcharges being applied by some broadcasters.
  • UK broadcasters are represented by: ITV, Sky Media, Channel 4 and Warner Media.
  • Agencies with clients that find these deadlines unworkable should contact individual broadcaster sales representatives directly to agree on their needs.
  • On the working day before a bank holiday weekend our clearance service shuts down when the broadcasters have received all the cleared copy – we’ll always post on Twitter and LinkedIn about early closing. Our delivery services remain open for business.
  • If using Clearcast Delivery you can deliver your clocks to stations while copy is awaiting approval.

If you have any questions get in touch with us.

20th September 2023