Media Bill faces further delay

Government plans to publish draft version following C4 sale U-turn


Michelle Donelan visits C4’s Leeds HQ

Culture secretary tours Majestic building and C4 News studio


Armando Iannucci: aborted C4 sale highlights MPs’ ‘authoritarian approach’

The Thick Of It creator slams Westminster’s troubling attitude

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Horseferry Road sale off the table

Broadcaster to remain in iconic SW1 building after avoiding privatisation

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C4 qualifying indie quota to be raised

Michelle Donelan commits to raising minimum target beyond 25% threshold to offset in-house production plan

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C4 won’t ask staff to leave London

Alex Mahon reveals drive to locate 600 roles outside Horseferrry Rd will take place organically

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Lords Committee chair calls for ‘urgent’ Media Bill debate

Tina Stowell: clock is ticking to safeguard C4 and guarantee PSB prominence

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Interview: Alex Mahon offers reassurance over C4 Studios

Chief exec praises colleagues and promises ‘sympathetic’ approach to in-house production

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Pact nervous about end to C4 publisher-broadcaster status

Jane Muirhead welcomes privatisation U-turn but warns in-house production could prove just as damaging

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Alex Mahon hails DCMS decision and looks to future

Chief exec says public ownership is set ‘for foreseeable future’

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Official: C4 will not be sold

Michelle Donelan dubs C4 a ‘linchpin’ of UK creativity as she commits to bringing forward Media Bill

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C4 in-house proposal prompts mixed reaction

Indies elated by privatisation reprieve, but differing views emerge over ending publisher-broadcaster status

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C4 avoids privatisation: Twitter reaction

Jack Thorne, Lucy Powell and Nadine Dorries among to shared thoughts

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Alex Mahon asks staff to keep quiet over sale U-turn

Chief exec calls for caution until deal is formally announced

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C4: Michelle Donelan letter in full

Culture secretary sets out alternative to sale in document obtained by The News Agents

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C4 privatisation scrapped

Michelle Donelan sets out package of measures to ensure sustainability – including potential for in-house production

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Michelle Donelan indicates Channel 4 sale is off the table

Minister tells DCMS committee that she is looking at “other options” for broadcaster

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Government expected to call for sale of C4’s Horseferry Rd

Future of iconic building in doubt as prospect of privatisation diminishes

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Rishi Sunak expected to scrap C4 sale - report

Senior Conservative source suggests privatisation to be quietly dropped amid more pressing policies


Environment secretary serenades C4 execs

Thérèse Coffey offers supportive singalong at broadcaster’s 40th birthday bash

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Michelle Donelan: media bill is happening

Minister commits to push through broadcasting reforms ‘very soon’

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Indies and politicians sign anti-privatisation birthday card for C4

Card delivered by group including Tory MP Peter Bottomley

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Minister Andrew Mitchell: C4 saved my life

International development minister comes out against privatisation

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Labour offers strong backing to BBC and Channel 4

Shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell says PSBs “will be safe in Labour’s hands”


MPs accuse Dorries of trying to trash C4’s reputation

DCMSC finds no truth in former culture secretary’s Tower Block of Commons fakery claim

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Donelan: C4 sale plan will be ‘thoroughly’ reviewed

Culture secretary notes dependence of creative sector on Horseferry Rd

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Revealed: who responded to the C4 consultation

ITV, Paramount, STV and Sky among organisations to submit views - with the BBC conspicuous by its absence


Bazalgette: C4 sale talk ‘a damaging distraction’

Outgoing ITV chair raises spectre of PSB not renewing its licence if prominence legislation slips

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C4 sale slips off political agenda

Industry execs and political figures claim government has gone cold on privatisation

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Dorries reveals BBC & C4 frustration

Former culture secretary says licence fee review was ‘ready to go’ - and claims Liz Truss backed privatisation

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Mahon doubles down on evidence in latest privatisation twist

C4 chief executive notes that the legislative agenda has changed

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Donelan pledges ‘evidence-based’ review of C4 sale and BBC licence fee

Newly-appointed culture secretary to re-examine privatisation plan

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Dorries to quit as culture secretary

Penny Mordaunt and Kemi Badenoch linked to role ahead of cabinet reshuffle

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Dorries tipped to remain culture secretary under Truss

New leader of Conservative Party expected to retain status quo at the DCMS

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Producers call on incoming PM to scrap C4 sale plan

Pact letter urging new leader to ‘honour’ Thatcher’s legacy draws almost 770 signatories

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Barbara Met Alan producer believes BBC fears government

Bryony Arnold expresses concern over corporation’s mindset

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C4 offers staff bonus to ward off privatisation brain drain

Employees will receive up to 25% of salary if they stay in post until summer 2023

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Rishi Sunak pledges to push ahead with C4 privatisation

Spokesman for would-be PM says he backs sale of broadcaster

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C4 to plough over £700m into programming in 2022

Anticipates investing record sum as Alex Mahon’s pay breaks £1m barrier

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Revealed: Penny Mordaunt’s previous praise for C4

Tory frontrunner has been effusive about broadcaster’s role covering disability

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Nadhim Zahawi: I will liberate successful C4

Tory leadership contender keen to free broadcaster’s shackles

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Mahon: DCMS pressured C4 to rework annual report

Chief exec reveals department attempted to influence how broadcaster presented itself

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Sale of C4 ‘50/50’ after Johnson resignation

Leading candidates reportedly lukewarm on privatisation

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C4 supporter Tugendhat enters Tory leadership race

MP co-signed February letter declaring: C4 isn’t broke and doesn’t need fixing

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C4 sale and licence fee review up in air as Johnson resigns

Industry’s big political issues have been driven by PM and loyal culture secretary Nadine Dorries

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Culture minister Julia Lopez resigns

MP for Hornchurch and Upminster has been a key figure in Channel 4 privatisation process

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Tory voters cool on C4 sale plan

Policy polls at bottom of list of government priorities


Kosminsky and Callender take aim at C4 privatisation

The Undeclared War duo hail broadcaster’s identity

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Idris Elba in talks with Miroma over £1bn Channel 4 bid

Luther star and Green Door founder reportedly being lined up to spearhead an acqusition

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Big Boys’ graduation from BBC3 to C4

Jack Rooke cites impact of Shameless on coming-of-age sitcom

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David Abraham: lack of clarity undermines C4 sale

Sale will ‘maim’ indies according to broadcaster’s former chief exec

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Katz: privatised C4 will not be funny

Chief creative officer sets out fears over impact of sale on comedy as he unveils Welsh-language opera

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Labour: Channel 4 sale could ‘kill off’ country’s indie film sector

Opposition party says the sale would ‘hit jobs in the regions and nations, undermining British made programming and representation’

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Bectu: PSBs under attack ‘like never before’

Union passes two motions at Prospect National Conference as the Federation of Entertainment Unions sets out concerns to Nadine Dorries


Jack Thorne: ‘distinctively British’ content harder to make under privatised C4

Help writer warns rise of international co-pros poses a challenge to local interest dramas

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C4 future in balance as Boris Johnson faces vote of no confidence

Ex minister Jesse Norman criticises privatisation plan in his letter to 1922 Committee

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Equity holds Leeds rally against C4 sale

Labour MP Lucy Powell and Hollyoaks actress Dawn Hope address attendees

Travel Man: 48 Hours In… Cyprus

Pact predicts privatised C4 will slash spend by 75%

Trade body revises up cost of sale for indie sector to £4.2bn over the next decade

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C4 News highlights growth following Dorries criticism

Editor Esme Wren reveals 24% increase in share, following culture secretary’s claim ITN bulletin ‘does itself no favours’

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Dorries: new owner must retain C4’s PSB status for a decade

Broadcaster’s current profitability makes it the best time to sell, said culture secretary

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David Abraham: C4 sale plan ‘utterly baffling’

Calls for regulators to scrutinise decision amid doubts over number of buyers


Bectu slams ‘disastrous’ C4 sale plan cemented in Queen’s Speech

Philippa Childs cites unique role played by PSB


C4 sale draws criticism at Bafta TV Awards

Krishnendu Majumdar & Steve McQueen talk up PSB system as Stephen Lambert attacks privatisation plan


Mahon: selling C4 could undermine all public service broadcasting

Chief exec says changing the ecosystem could lead to ‘degradation of standards’

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ITN calls for news to be safeguarded under Channel 4 sale

Demands ringfenced funding, guaranteed prominence and editorial independence

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Ian Katz clashes with Midlands mayor over C4 spend

Andy Street backs privatisation following ‘tiny’ investment; content chief fires back

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Ben Frow: privatised C4 must remain risky

Paramount programming boss highlights unique role played by rival PSB

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‘Big on rhetoric, light on detail’ - assessing reactions to the white paper

Bectu and NUJ plus BBC and ITV among industry bodies that have responeded to planned reforms

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C4 sale: Katz sets out £300m threat to indies

Raises fears privatisation will result in same old shows from same old indies

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Twelve Tory MPs publicly critical of Channel 4 sale

Five Conservatives criticise the policy following urgent question in parliament


Government pledges to find ‘right owner’ for Channel 4

Keen to find buyer that shares belief in ‘what makes it special’

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C4 sale: 96% of responses disagree with privatisation

Government sets out justification for sale in face of overwhelming opposition

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White paper to pave way for huge C4 in-house operation

Up to 75% of PSB’s output could be made in-house under privatisation plan


Russell T Davies, Jack Thorne & Nida Manzoor voice C4 privatisation fears

Bafta Craft TV attendees set out the impact the broadcaster has had on their careers

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Dorries and Mahon set out opposing privatisation views

Culture secretary and C4 chief executive lay out their positions with newspaper op-eds

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Channel 4 privatisation: the inside story

What now for the top team at Horseferry Rd and C4’s would-be bidders, as DCMS prepares the pathway to privatisation?

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Revealed: C4’s offer to sell Horseferry Road

Broadcaster was open to offloading iconic office as part of rebuffed The Next Episode vision

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City leaders urge Nadine Dorries to cancel privatisation

Sadiq Khan, Andy Burnham and Tracy Brabin among signatories of letter to culture secretary


Revealed: the N&R masterplan C4 hoped would ward off privatisation

Broadcaster proposed massive training scheme, more recruitment and £2bn investment in N&R shows over 10 years

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Katz shares ‘profound disappointment’ with suppliers over C4 sale

Chief creative officer calls out government over lack of evidence

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In-house production on the cards at privatised C4

Government expecting significant interest in buying the PSB

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Tory backlash against plans to sell off C4

Tom Tugendhat, Ruth Davidson, Jeremy Hunt and Damian Green criticise party’s decision


C4 sale plans dubbed ‘cultural vandalism’ by unions

Bectu, NUJ and TAC join chorus of criticism at plans to sell broadcaster

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Nadine Dorries to invest C4 sale proceeds into ‘levelling up’

Culture secretary pledges ‘creative dividend for all’ following anticipated £1bn sale


DCMS: sustainability is behind C4 sale decision

Nadine Dorries’ department wants broadcaster to maintain ‘cherished’ status

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Pact urges government to think again over C4 privatisation

Plus Tory MP Damian Green slams the decision

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Government pushes ahead with C4 privatisation

Alex Mahon informs staff of ’disappointing’ decision

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Ian Cheshire appointed C4 chair

Former Kingfisher chief exec replaces interim chair Dawn Airey next week

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Ofcom chair Michael Grade will leave personal views ‘at the door’

Tory peer grilled by DCMS committee over BBC licence fee and C4 privatisation remarks

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Dawn Airey and Nadine Dorries meet to discuss C4 future

Interim chair and chief exec Alex Mahon sat down with culture secretary for first time

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Former Pact exec joins C4 as policy head

Emily Davidson replaces Helen Jay in senior public affairs role

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Senior Tories tell PM: selling C4 will have ‘adverse’ impact

Tom Tugendhat & Karen Bradley among six Conservatives to issue warning to Boris Johnson

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Tory MPs urge Boris Johnson against C4 sale: letter in full

’Channel 4 isn’t broke, and doesn’t need fixing’

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Dawn Airey named as C4 interim chair

Newly-appointed board member steps up to guide broadcaster through potential privatisation process

Karen Bradley: Former culture secretary has urged the government not to sell off Channel 4, highlighting the likely impact of privatisation on small and regional indies.

Don’t sell C4, Karen Bradley tells Tories

Former culture secretary warns privatisation will harm the industry

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C4 chair race enters final furlong

Candidates with experience of ‘stewarding businesses’ through sales to be interviewed shortly

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Dawn Airey among C4 non-exec directors

Ofcom appoints former Channel 5 exec, alongside Sarah Sands & Tess Alps

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Lords undecided on C4 future - but want Terms of Trade overhaul

Communications Committee recommends the ToT are revised to help smaller indies

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Nadine Dorries: no decision on C4 sale

Culture secretary tells DCMS Committee there are ’a number of issues to consider’