Channel 4 could be privatised by 2024, says Oliver Dowden

Culture secretary repeats view that Tory sell-off of public broadcaster before next election is not ‘ruled out’

The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, confirmed on Thursday that Channel 4 could be sold by the end of the current parliament to “provide a sustainable future for the broadcaster”.

During a meeting of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, Dowden repeated that privatisation of Channel 4 was “on the table” as part of a government review of public service broadcasting first announced in October 2020.

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