Channel 4 privatisation shouldn’t go ahead, culture secretary tells Rishi Sunak

‘Better ways to ensure C4’s sustainability’, says Michelle Donelan in letter to PM

Adam Forrest
Political Correspondent
Wednesday 04 January 2023 11:17 GMT
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Michelle Donelan said selling the channel was ‘not the right decision’
Michelle Donelan said selling the channel was ‘not the right decision’ (PA)

Culture secretary Michelle Donelan has recommended that the planned Channel 4 privatisation does not go ahead, a leaked letter has revealed.

Writing to Rishi Sunak, the cabinet minister said there are “better ways to ensure C4’s sustainability” than selling off the publicly-owned broadcaster.

The apparent U-turn follows plans announced by Boris Johnson’s government last year to privatise the channel, sparking outrage from opposition parties, Tory MPs and top media figures.

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