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Channel 4's future considered by new inquiry

16 August 2021

The Communications and Digital Committee launches a new inquiry into the future of Channel 4 and its potential sell-off.


Channel 4, set up in 1982, is publicly-owned but run independently on a commercial basis with profits invested in content. Unlike the BBC and ITV it has no in-house production arm and its programmes are made by independent companies. Ministers are consulting on the possible privatisation of Channel 4 – the government’s preferred option.


Questions the committee is seeking views on include:

  • If Channel 4 is privatised what would be the benefits and risks?
  • Should the regulation and/or remit of Channel 4 be changed irrespective of its ownership?


The Committee invites written contributions to its inquiry by Friday 17 September 2021.

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