Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, responding to photographed government documents which reveal the Government is considering the privatisation of Channel 4, said:
“This shows Ministers have been deceiving the public when they said that ownership of Channel 4 is ‘not currently under debate’. Options for privatisation have clearly already been drawn up.
“Channel 4 produces distinct and important public content and the broadcaster should remain not-for-profit. An ideological fire-sale of Channel 4 is not in the public interest.”
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, added:
“In recent months Tory ministers have repeatedly told Parliament that there were 'no current plans’ to privatise Channel 4.
“Matt Hancock must now make clear exactly what role he and the Cabinet Office have had in any discussions about the future of the channel.”