Sep 10, 2021
Channel 4 privatisation puts suppliers’ jobs outside London at risk
Channel 4 executives will on Friday put further pressure on the UK government to justify its plans to privatise the broadcaster, releasing a report that warns the move could put 1,250 jobs in jeopardy at production companies and other suppliers outside London. Consulting group EY estimated that as many as 35 per cent of positions supported by Channel 4 in businesses outside the capital could be at risk, while acknowledging that many individuals might well be offered jobs by the broadcaster under new ownership. Under one privatisation scenario envisaged by EY, Channel 4 would lose its status as a "Publisher broadcaster" - an arrangement that means it is prohibited from making its own shows. The EY report seeks to quantify the impact of privatisation on Channel 4's suppliers. EY estimated a 37 per cent reduction in GVA generated by Channel 4 for suppliers based outside London - from £2.8bn to £1.8bn - over a ten-year period.
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