Campaign Response to Channel 4

Thank you for contacting me about Channel 4.

I would like to reassure you that the Government is committed to the success and sustainability of the UK’s public broadcasting system, of which Channel 4 is an integral part.

Channel 4 has been hugely successful over the years in delivering the aims set out at its creation in 1982, including supporting the independent production sector in the UK, delivering diverse and risk-taking content, and contributing to the wider public goals of public service broadcasting. However, since 1982, the TV landscape has changed beyond recognition.

Channel 4 is entirely commercially funded, but has been publicly owned since it began broadcasting. The main reason it was set up as a publicly owned, commercially run station was to provide greater choice. Today though, audiences can now watch what they want, whenever they want, how they want, across a range of different internet-enabled personal devices. The independent production sector has also grown enormously so that it now supplies content to a wide range of broadcasters and streaming services.

I welcome that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport held a public consultation on the future ownership of Channel 4 as part of the Government’s review of public service broadcasting. The consultation considered both the ownership and remit of Channel 4, ensuring its future success and sustainability. I understand that the Department is currently analysing the feedback it has received and will respond in due course.

I would like to emphasise this is a public consultation and no decision has been made.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

 

Sally-Ann Hart MP