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

Communications and Digital Committee
The future of Channel 4

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Start times: 2.00pm (private) 2.15pm (public)


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Committee discusses Channel 4’s future with Claire Enders and its current and former Chairs and CEOs

The Communications and Digital Committee continues its inquiry into the future of Channel 4, with evidence from Enders Analysis as well as current and former Channel 4 Chairs and CEOs.

Meeting details

At 2.15pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The future of Channel 4
Founder at Enders Analysis
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The future of Channel 4
Former Chief Executive Officer at Channel 4
Former Chair at Channel 4
At 3.50pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The future of Channel 4
Chief Executive Officer at Channel 4
Chair at Channel 4

Background

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

Possible questions

Possible questions and areas for discussion with witnesses include:

  • How sustainable is Channel 4?
  • What are the benefits and risks of privatising Channel 4?
  • What effect would potential buyers of Channel 4 have on the wider ecology of UK public service broadcasting?
  • To what extent would privatisation ensure Channel 4’s sustainability, and enable it to compete with subscription video on demand services (SVODs)?
  • To what extent would privatisation reduce investment into small independent production companies?
  • Would Channel 4’s delivery of public service content be threatened by a move to private ownership?
  • If Channel 4 remained in public ownership, are there legislative or regulatory changes the channel would like the Government to enact to help ensure its sustainability?

Further information

Location

Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

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