High-profile politicians and media figures have condemned the UK government’s decision to move ahead with privatization. It is a sin Broadcaster Channel 4, close to 35,000 signatures as application to stop the process.
Yesterday, it emerged that ministers in the Conservative government were going to sell broadcasters, which are publicly owned but commercially financed. A deal with ITV, Discovery and Sky is expected to raise about B 1BN (3 1.3BN).
The government’s plan comes despite overwhelming opposition from the UK manufacturing industry, which is significantly helped by Channel 4’s business model that content ownership does not commission it.
Several high profile creatives have now moved to social media to demand an end to the process.
The It’s thick And Vip Creator Armando Yanucci criticized the government for ignoring the results of the consultation on the sale, tweeting: “They wanted ‘a debate’; 90% of those debates say it’s a bad idea. But they are still moving forward. Why do they want to make the great UK TV industry worse? Why? It does not make any business, economic or even patriotic money.
Matt Lucas, co-presenter of Channel 4’s biggest show The Great British Back OffOne in 35,000 people signed a petition demanding an end to the privatization process.
He tweeted: “C4 is publicly owned, it’s self-funded and you have no costs. All profits go directly back to programming. The government’s wrong decision.”
The government claims that if Channel 4 is not transferred to private hands, it will become increasingly risky for streamers like Netflix and Amazon and a new owner will be able to raise capital to compete.
However, Lucy Powell, Labor MP and shadow secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sports, said a sales process would probably end with the purchase of Channel 4, a streamer that would end up with fewer opportunities for the countless small manufacturing companies that currently supply large numbers. Its programming.
Liberal Democrats, such as Powell and others, have called the plan a “cultural sabotage,” while Ruth Davidson, a former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, warned that it would hurt the independent manufacturing sector.
“Channel 4 is publicly owned, not universally funded. It doesn’t cost a taxpayer a penny, “he tweeted. [sic] Sector in a place like Glasgow. “
He added that it was “the opposite of leveling” – a reference to the often-cited conservative policy.
Channel 4 issued a statement saying it was disappointed that the government had declared “significant” public interest concerns “without formal recognition.” It added that it was “in good faith” with the government throughout all consultation processes that began last year and showed the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) how it could continue to operate under its current model.
Channel 4 has also revealed that it has offered an alternative to privatization, but has not yet expanded what it needs.
“Recently, Channel 4 presented DCMS with a realistic alternative to privatization that would preserve its future financial stability, allowing it to do significantly more. For the British public, for the creative industry and the economy, especially outside of London, “he added. “It is particularly important that the agency has only two years left in a significant commitment to drive its influence across the UK’s nations and territories.”
The government will now begin drafting the law, which will be presented and debated in parliament before a final vote on the move.