Oct 14, 2020

Channel 4 privatisation 'on the table' says culture secretary

The privatisation of Channel 4 will be considered during a government review of public service broadcasting, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said. Asked about a possible sell-off on Wednesday, Mr Dowden said it was "An appropriate moment to look at the overall governance of public service broadcasting". "We do need to think about Channel 4 and whether there is still a need for a second publicly-owned public service broadcaster, or what function it should fulfil," he said, according to The Guardian. On Wednesday Mr Dowden said he did not think it was "Unreasonable" to review public service broadcasting but said it would not be done "Precipitately". Channel 4's future was one of a number of topics covered at the evidence session, where Mr Dowden also discussed the government's forthcoming decision about whether to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence.

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