[2021] Motion 65 Channel 4

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Congress notes the UK government’s intention to privatise Channel 4, a publicly owned but self-funding broadcaster.

Congress further notes that privatisation will remove Channel 4’s legislative responsibilities to nurture new talent, to reflect cultural diversity, to show alternative viewpoints and to invest in UK film. The loss of this remit would also affect the employment opportunities available to performers and other creative workers from under-represented backgrounds who are more likely to currently gain employment in C4-commissioned programming that aims to represent the UK’s cultural diversity.

Congress resolves to:

i. oppose the privatisation of Channel 4

ii. support campaigning by the Federation of Entertainment unions to protect public service broadcasting across the UK.