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Friday, February 10, 2017 0:31
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The first question yesterday at Questions to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport was about the future of Channel 4. Now I do not doubt that they broadcast some interesting programmes and programmes which some people enjoy watching but my concern is with their ownership. Channel 4 is a relic of a bygone era it is a nationalised company. It is owned by the government. The same government of course which also owns the BBC the biggest of all broadcasters with a guaranteed source of income, still enforceable by the criminal law. The question I posed was that if it was a private company which owned a broadcaster which was the size of the BBC and had the reach and dominance of the BBC and that private company wanted to takeover another broadcaster the size of Channel 4 what would the view of the Competitions and Markets Authority be? I think we all know it would not be allowed and yet the government is clinging on to ownership of both BBC and Channel 4.


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