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Channel 4, the champion of yoof

If the broadcaster is to be part-privatised, will it lose its edge? Mike Bolland, the channel’s first youth controller, recalls how an ‘alternative’ public remit led to blowjobs at teatime, ‘fuck’ counts, sacrilegious cigar commercials and scandal-hit ministers (nearly) unmasked: no wonder Mary Whitehouse wasn’t a fan

 

If Channel 4 didn’t exist, you couldn’t invent it

With the future of the BBC in the spotlight, we should not forget that the Government also intends to privatise its younger rival. But such a move would jeopardise a truly uniquely British thing: a hodge-podge that works