Channel 4: Consultation - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:35 pm on 16th November 2021.

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Photo of Lord Birt Lord Birt Crossbench 2:35 pm, 16th November 2021

My Lords, there is a meme of the moment that Channel 4 and, indeed, the BBC are being marginalised by the awesome economic power of Netflix. Does the Minister accept that Netflix’s programme proposition, though wholly admirable, bears no relationship whatever to the breadth of the public service propositions offered by both Channel 4 and the BBC? Moreover, will the Minister remind his department that in terms of hours of consumption per adult per week, far from being marginalised, the BBC enjoys six times the consumption of Netflix, and that Channel 4 is level-pegging?