Sep 20, 2022

Channel 4: New culture secretary 're-examining' case for privatisation

The new culture secretary has said she will "Re-examine the business case" for privatising Channel 4.Michelle Donelan's predecessor Nadine Dorries set out plans to take the broadcaster out of public ownership. Ms Donelan told BBC Radio 4's Today programme she was "Making sure that we still agree with that decision". Ms Donelan said on Tuesday: "As the prime minister said, we do need to re-examine the business case and that's certainly what I'm doing."We're looking especially at the business case for the sale of Channel 4 and we're making sure that we still agree with that decision. She added: "I'm the type of politician that bases their decisions on evidence, that bases their decisions on listening, and that's what I'll be doing over the coming weeks. Ms Donelan, who took over at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport two weeks ago, was also asked about BBC funding, saying it was "no secret" that she had "been a sceptic for a long time of the licence fee".

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