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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The future of Channel 4

Communications and Digital Committee
The future of Channel 4

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Start times: 2.30pm (private) 2.45pm (public)

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Lord Burns and David Elstein discuss Channel 4’s future

The Communications and Digital Committee hears from Lord Burns, former Chairman of Channel 4, in the first evidence session of its new inquiry into the broadcaster’s future. Lord Burns will be joined by David Elstein, ex-Chief Executive of Channel 5.

Meeting details

At 2.45pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The future of Channel 4
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The future of Channel 4
Co-Founder at Me + You Productions
Chief Executive Officer at Pact (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television)
Co-Founder at Number 9 Films

The Committee also hears from Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair, Bafta and co-founder, Me+You Productions, John McVay, Chair, Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television and Elizabeth Karlsen, co-founder, Number 9 Films


Ministers are consulting on the possible privatisation of Channel 4 – the government’s preferred option - and now peers investigate its remit and ownership.

Possible questions

Likely questions and areas for discussion with witnesses include:

  • How effectively does Channel 4 contribute to the objectives of public service broadcasting?
  • What would be the risks and benefits of privatising Channel 4?
  • How well does Channel 4 fulfil its creative objectives, including to serve diverse audiences and challenge established views?

Further information


Room 3, Palace of Westminster

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