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Standing Still Not an Option for Channel 4, UK Culture Secretary Warns

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden will warn that “standing still is not an option” for Channel 4 following a UK government consultation into the privatisation of the broadcaster. In a speech to the Royal Television Society Convention on Wednesday, Dowden is expected to outline how the channel could continue to thrive even if it is sold. The government has been consulting on plans to privatise the channel, which could be sold off to a private buyer. At present, the channel, which was founded in 1982, is owned by the UK government and receives its funding from advertising. In his speech, Dowden will say Channel 4 is “one of this country’s greatest assets.” “One clear way of making sure our British broadcasters thrive is putting them in the right financial position to compete and succeed for decades to come—no matter what the future of broadcasting holds. “Right now, Channel 4 is in …

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