Sep 6, 2021

Privatisation threatens Channel 4 move outside London, says CEO

Privatisation of Channel 4 would threaten the television station's push to relocate operations from London to other parts of the UK, its chief executive said as she challenged ministers to provide evidence that a change in ownership would benefit its audience and the economy. Privatisation of Channel 4 "Would impact more than just our programmes. It would likely effect the UK economy overall". Nearly 400 Channel 4 roles - out of about 1,000 - would be located outside London by the end of this year, the station said. Managers including Mahon, chief operating officer Jonathan Allan and chief content officer Ian Katz, will continue to be based in London, although Channel 4 said it was holding board meetings in Leeds. The channel added it was exploring plans to "Supplement" its revenue sources by expanding its All 4 outside the UK. "The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said:"We value Channel 4's contribution to levelling up and are clear that its PSB remit, as well as government's commitment to independent regional productions, will continue following any potential sale.

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