Report warns of ‘overwhelmingly negative’ effects of a Channel 4 privatisation

6 May 2016

A report written by Prof Paddy Barwise and Gillian Brooks has been published by Channel 4, stating that the results of privatisation would be ‘overwhelmingly negative’.

The report has attracted fairly wide media coverage, not least for its estimation of C4’s value to a potential buyer of around £500m.

In terms of the implications for indies, the report confirms concerns already raised by TAC, namely that it could cause a weakening of Channel 4’s the current 100% publisher – broadcaster model, and that there could be decreased investment particularly for indies outside London.

The press release and report can be found here.


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