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Channel 4 hails scrapping of government privatisation plan

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Michelle Donelan (by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 has welcomed the confirmation today (Thursday) that the government will pursue reform rather than privatisation of the organisation.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Michelle Donelan, has decided not to privatise Channel 4 after reviewing the business case for its sale. The broadcaster will remain in public ownership but with a future intended to create greater commercial flexibility, increased investment in skills and jobs across the UK as well as new production arrangements to support its long-term sustainability and growth.

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