Blow for Dorries and Boris as Channel 4 privatisation plans scrapped

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Plans to privatise Channel 4 have been scrapped, in what can be seen as a huge blow to former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and former PM Boris Johnson. 

Ms Dorries had said government ownership was “holding Channel 4 back”.

However, her successor Ms Donelan has now said the broadcaster “should not be sold”, instead proposing other reforms because “change is necessary”.

Yesterday, Ms Donelan wrote to the Prime Minister calling for the plans to be scrapped.

While she acknowlegded that there were “risks to the corporation’s long-term sustainability”, she argued “that pursuing a sale at this point is not the right decision”.

She continued: “There are better ways to secure C4C’s [Channel 4 Corporation’s] sustainability and that of the UK independent production sector.

“Indeed, C4C’s role in supporting growth in our independent production sector, a sector which is currently worth around £3 billion to our economy, would be very disrupted by a sale at a time when growth and economic stability are our priorities.”

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