Talks underway to privatize terrestrial TV station
Channel 4’s chief executive says she does not believe the station is a “left-wing organization” amid privatization talks.
Earlier this year, then-culture secretary Oliver Dowden said there was a “need” to privatize the channel in order to “compete with the streaming giants”.
Dowden then suggested that the additional funding needed could either come “on the taxpayer’s back” or from private investment.
in a new interview with Wire, station boss Alex Mahone discussed possible plans, and outlined his beliefs on what Channel 4 means.
“I don’t think we are a leftist organization,” she said. “I think as part of our remit, we pay special attention to the youth and the issues that pertain to them.
“After all, we are an organization established to represent underrepresented people. This has traditionally meant a minority. It has meant LGBT and minority ethnic communities.”
She added: “If you do this, you will always be accused of being generous. But Chanel 4 has always been like that and it’s part of her natural makeup.”
Discussing his thoughts about a privatization deal, Mahon said: “It’s a fair consultation, going through thousands of responses and wondering what the trade-offs and consequences will be.
“It’s quite important that we look at this because privatization is a big decision.”
Earlier this year, Ricky Gervais spoke out against a potential sale of Channel 4, calling it “a real shame.”
“For nearly 40 years, Channel 4 has been a launch pad for new ideas and new talent,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It is able to do this because of its remittance and non-profit structure and it would be a real shame if the channel were to be sold and destroyed.”