A privatised future for Channel 4? report debate
12 October 2017
On Tuesday 17 October, the House of Lords debates the Communications Committee's report from July 2016 - 'A privatised future for Channel 4?
- Parliament TV: Debate on A privatised future for Channel 4? [from 3pm]
- Report: A privatised future for Channel 4? (PDF)
- Evidence volume: A privatised future for Channel 4?
- Inquiry: The sustainability of Channel 4
- Government response: A privatised future for Channel 4?
- DCMS consultation: Increasing the Regional Impact of Channel 4 Corporation: Summary of Responses, 14 September 2017
- Select Committee on Communications
Among the speakers are:
- Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury
- Bishop of Chelmsford
- Lord Gordon of Strathblane
- Lord Griffiths of Burry Port
- Lord Storey
Other Members of the House of Lords who are due to speak in the debate can be viewed in the Speakers' Lists.
The report, 'A privatised future for Channel 4?', was published in July 2016 and urged the Government not to pursue any plans to sell the channel, saying that the risks of privatisation outweigh the benefits.
The Committee examined the broadcaster's financial sustainability as well as the implications of privatisation, in light of the Government's review of the future of Channel 4 Corporation.
Karen Bradley MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, responded to the report in March 2017 notifying the Committee that she had decided not to privatise Channel 4. She also announced that the Government would launch a consultation to seek views on how Channel 4 could most effectively increase its regional impact.