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C4 issues formal warning against privatisation

Broadcaster claims DCMS consultation underplays its importance to indie sector

Rosie Jones

How C4 helped launch our careers

Rosie Jones, Jordan Hogg, Dwayne Eaton and Noor Abdel-Razik reveal the critical role played by the broadcaster

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Lord Burns: indies will suffer if C4 is sold

Former chair highlights broadcaster’s interconnected relationship with production sector


C4 sale could cost indies £3.7bn in a decade

Financial risk of allowing in-house production set out to Lords committee by John McVay


John Whittingdale’s C4 views: in full

The architect of privatisation plan has his say


Whittingdale hints at C4 future

Culture minister suggests in-house production could be on the cards, balanced out by fresh quotas

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Jon Thoday: C4 sale will destroy indie sector

Avalon boss raises fears that government is lining up ITV as buyer

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West Yorkshire mayor joins Not4Sale campaign

Tracy Brabin backs Broadcast campaign against privatisation of C4 and launches short film

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Future of C4 roundtable

Quartet discuss potential impact of privatisation

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Opposition MPs call for shared ownership of C4

‘Mutualisation’ proposals could see viewers and indies take control

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Banijay COO: C4 sale threatens risk-taking

Peter Langenberg raises concerns about impact of privatisation on remit

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C4 director job ad underlines government sale ambitions

Board hopefuls asked to share experience of ‘significant transactions’


Major advertising body pans C4 privatisation

ISBA boss fears for future of broadcaster’s ‘young and diverse audience’

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Lord Sugar sour on C4 sale

The Apprentice star highlights financial risk of privatisation

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Allsopp savages C4 privatisation plan

Conservative-leaning star brands proposal ‘bonkers’


Banijay backs Broadcast’s Not 4 Sale campaign

Chief exec Lucinda Hicks says sale would threaten jobs and investment


Incredibly short-sighted: UK industry reacts to threat to Film4

Steve McQueen, Tim Bevan and Edgar Wright among those expressing concerns

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More Tories join battle to save C4

Andrew Mitchell and Sir Peter Bottomley criticise plans

Charles Gurassa

Gurassa warns DCMS over C4 sale

Chairman predicts thousands of jobs losses amid claims consultation lacks evidence


Major players back Broadcast’s Not 4 Sale campaign

Bectu, Directors UK and NUJ among organisations to support anti-privatisation push

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C4 sees ‘no evidence’ for sale

Policy chief urges government to support claim it would be better off in private hands

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Whittingdale takes aim at tech giants

Accuses likes of Facebook and Google of ‘exercising censorship’ over news content


Scottish government cold on C4 sale

Holyrood points to broadcaster’s investment in local indies


Screen International backs Not 4 Sale anti-privatisation campaign

Broadcast’s sister publication expresses concerns over the fate of Film4 should Channel 4 be privatised

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MPs secure C4 sale debate

Labour MP Angela Eagle secures privatisation session next week

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Former Sky chief: UK buyer best bet for C4

Conservative MP Andrew Griffith indicates preference for domestic consolidation

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Tory trio question C4 consultation process

Helen Grant warns DCMS of rushing into an ill-considered sale


Support soars for Broadcast’s Not 4 Sale campaign

100 indie bosses now on board with anti-privatisation message

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McVay: MPs must explain rationale behind C4 sale plans

‘Flawed’ consultation fails to offer impact assessment, economic analysis or cost benefit of privatisation

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Ruth Davidson attacks C4 sale plans

Former Scottish Conservative leader warns indies will close following privatisation

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The thinking behind Broadcast’s Not 4 Sale stance

Why privatising Channel 4 would be a mistake

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Broadcast launches C4 anti-privatisation campaign

Not 4 Sale underway with senior indie signatories – lend your support now


C4 sale: unpacking the consultation

What does the 10,000 word document say about the government’s thinking?

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DCMS proposes to sell Channel 4

Privatisation battle begins with publisher-broadcaster model under threat

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Davie hails C4 as privatisation battle looms

Director general says PSB rival plays vital role for indie community

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Katz: digital progress best defence against sale

Chief content officer highlights 26% boost in All 4 views as proof of sustainability

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NUJ forges C4 action plan

Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter: watering down remit will have disastrous consequences


DCMSC chair floats C4 / ITV merger

Julian Knight also suggests folding the business into BBC Studios


Whittingdale: licence fee rise unlikely to be generous

Culture minister claims public cannot be asked to fund generous increases

Its a Sin

Russell T Davies: selling C4 will stifle queer voices

Claims It’s A Sin would not have been ordered by any other broadcaster

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Whittingdale: privatised C4 could face ‘different remit’

Culture minister claims broadcaster’s obligations will not be weakened to drive up value


Pact warns C4 sale will damage indies

John McVay: government thesis that bigger is better is an archaic concept

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Whittingdale: C4 sale about long-term success

Culture minister claims private owner would help broadcaster to ‘thrive’

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Attenborough questions C4 sale process

Grandee lends support to campaign asking ’what’s changed’ since ministers last ruled out privatisation

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Government fires starting gun on C4 consultation

Review to form part of autumn broadcasting white paper

It's A Sin

MPs raise concerns over C4 sale

Jeremy Corbyn, Rebecca Long Bailey and Dawn Butler support NUJ calls for broadcaster to remain in public hands


Government set to launch formal consultation on C4 future

Privatisation could happen as early as next year, FT suggests

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Government seeks advice over C4 sale

Ministers begin discussions with investment banks, The Times reports

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Dowden: C4 sale could come by 2024

Culture secretary returns to topic of privatisation

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Bectu slams ‘political interference’ in Channel 4

Union boss calls out move to block re-appointment of female directors