Channel 4 privatization ‘on the table’ says UK culture secretary

The culture secretary is planning a review of “the future landscape of public service broadcasting”.

The privatization of Channel 4 will be considered during a government review of public service broadcasting, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said.

Mr. Dowden told MPs on the House of Commons culture select committee that “all options need to be on the table”.

He said he would soon announce a panel to review “the future landscape of public service broadcasting”.

Channel 4 was launched in 1982 as a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster.

It does not receive public funding and has a remit to deliver “innovative, alternative content that challenges the status quo”.

Asked about a possible sell-off on Wednesday, Mr. Dowden said it was “an appropriate moment to look at the overall governance of public service broadcasting”.

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