Equity responds to Government consultation on the privatisation of Channel 4

Equity recently submitted written evidence to the Government’s consultation on the proposed privatisation of Channel 4. We have also responded to a separate inquiry taking place in the House of Lords, which is currently scrutinising the Government’s plans.

In both submissions we argued that:

  • Privatising Channel 4 makes no economic sense and represents a divisive act of cultural vandalism.
  • Its publisher-broadcaster model and unique public service broadcaster remit has been integral to the success of the British TV and film industry.
  • If Channel 4 was privatised, its focus would be on delivering profits, rather than diverse and distinctive content for audiences. What's more, 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.
  • New independent research evidenced hugely damaging consequences for Channel 4’s supply chain, which could result in thousands of job losses.

For more information you can read our submission, as well as a recent article in the Morning Star by General Secretary Paul W Fleming.

Responding to Government inquiries are an important part of Equity’s campaigning work to ensure the voices of creative practitioners are heard. We are also working closely with the wider labour movement to oppose the privatisation of Channel 4. In fact, we recently passed a motion at the Trades Union Congress, which is now backed by more than 5.5 million working people who make up 48 member unions.

Thank you to everyone who has already lobbied their local MP, signed the petition and responded to the Government consultation. However, our campaign to keep Channel 4 public is far from over. More information about how you can take action can be found on our website.