UK production companies urge government to halt Channel 4 privatisation
Why it matters
The privatisation of Channel 4 is a significant event as it could have a major impact on the UK's independent production sector and levelling-up efforts. The sources agree that the government's plans to privatise the broadcaster are unpopular and could be damaging. However, they differ in their portrayal of the potential impact of the privatisation on the UK economy.
What the papers say
The Independent, The Guardian
How we got here
The UK government announced earlier this year that it plans to privatise Channel 4 to help it compete with streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon. The broadcaster has been publicly owned since it was founded in 1982 and is funded by advertising. Over 750 independent production companies have signed an open letter to the UK government calling on them to halt the privatisation plans.
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