Channel Four Television: Privatisation

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th October 2021.

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Photo of Simon Fell Simon Fell Conservative, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to maintain Channel 4’s 50 per cent commissioning spend outside of London in the event that Channel 4 is privatised.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

Whatever decision is made about Channel 4’s ownership, we are clear that any changes will not compromise our commitment to the independent production sector or the wider creative economy, including our creative powerhouses across the UK. We are clear that we want Channel 4 to remain a public service broadcaster, with public service obligations.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come. Our public consultation ran for 10 weeks before closing on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

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