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Privatisation of Channel 4 Reversed

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Culture Secretary Angus Robertson has welcomed confirmation that the UK Government has reversed proposed plans to privatise Channel 4.

Mr Robertson said he will be writing to the UK Government to seek further details on how plans for the channel will impact public sector broadcasting in Scotland.

Mr Robertson said:

“The Scottish Government has long warned that plans to privatise Channel 4 were unnecessary and ill-conceived, and that if the UK Government ignored these warnings, privatisation of the channel would have a detrimental impact on public sector broadcasting and the jobs which rely on it.

“I’m pleased UK Ministers have finally listened to repeated warnings and confirmed plans to privatise Channel 4 are no longer being pursued.

“This is welcome news for the independent production sector which has flourished with Channel 4’s help, including £200 million for Scottish-based productions and support for 400 jobs since 2007.

“I will be writing to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to learn what impact the UK Government’s new plans to introduce an alternative package of reforms for Channel 4 will have on production in Scotland.”

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