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Britain scraps plan to sell broadcaster Channel 4

Advertising and receives no public money, was announced by former prime minister Boris Johnson’s government in April 2022, triggering criticism from lawmakers across all parties and the broadcasting industry.

The broadcaster was created in the 1980s to deliver a distinctive alternative to the BBC and ITV, and its unique model with no in-house production kick-started Britain’s thriving independent production sector.

The government said the publisher-broadcaster restriction in Channel 4’s remit, whereby independent producers retain the rights to programmes, would be relaxed to give the broadcaster a greater ability to produce and monetise its own content.

It said the independent production sector would be consulted on the changes to ensure Channel 4’s role in driving investment in the sector was safeguarded. Reuters

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