Labour MP Angela Eagle secures privatisation session next week

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A debate about the privatisation of Channel 4 is to take place in Westminster next week.

In response to a request from Labour MP Angela Eagle, who will introduce proceedings, the DCMS will put up a representative to field questions from MPs on Wednesday (21 July).

The 90-minute session, which gets underway at 9.25am, will be held in the House of Commons’ Westminster Hall just ahead of summer recess the following day.

The session is open to all MPs to attend and is likely to attract representatives from all parties, including members of the C4 All-Party Parliamentary Group, which wrote to culture secretary Oliver Dowden this week to outline concerns about a sell-off and the surrounding process. The group is seeking a follow-up meting with the minister to address some of the issues they have.

Dowden is not expected to appear at the Westminster Hall session, with culture minister John Whittingdale considered a more likely candidate.

MPs have raised a number of concerns about the consultation since it was published earlier this month including the decision by the DCMS to set out a sale as its ‘preferred position’ and the lack of comprehensive analysis of the impact of such a move, including on indies.


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