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Channel 4 Development Agreement

5.Channel 4s Last year`s share of the public was 5.92 per cent, making it the fourth most watched channel in the UK after BBC1, ITV and BBC2. The public share for the entire C4C portfolio of channels was 10.63 per cent ahead of BBC2. C4C had total revenues of $979 million in 2015, making it the fourth largest channel in the UK in terms of revenue, behind BSkyB, BBC and ITV. The high quality of its production is internationally recognized. This year, C4C won more Royal Television Society (RTS) Programmes Awards than any other BRITISH channel and received 26 television nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and seven. 12 „The government can privatize Channel 4, Document Unveiled,“ The Guardian (September 24, 2015): www.theguardian.com/media/2015/sep/24/government-considering-channel-4-privatisation-document-slip-up-reveals [called June 13, 2016] 28. The idea of privatization was widely criticized by David Abraham as a „problem-solving solution“ and by former C4C chairman Lord Burns, who told the commission in February: „There would be less risk and less innovation. I characterize it as a situation where, the more value you want to extract in a sale, the more you have to compromise the public service obligations of the channel. Lord Burns also advocated for a communitarianization that would transform C4C into a non-profit, non-profit, warranty-limited, security-limited company with a structure similar to that of Welsh Water. He told the commission in his „exit“ interview that the main benefits were that the government could withdraw some money from the C4C. If it wished, it would be easier to establish joint ventures and that it would „provide C4C with a safe haven instead of fighting for the ownership of the English Channel every 10 or 15 years.“29 19.In 1988, the Government White Paper, released in the 1990s, had the first option of privatizing for the future of Channel 4. But after lobbying Michael Grade, its chief executive, who argued that the government could have „one privatized channel or another with a public service mission, but not both,“ the government again rejected the idea.13 18.In discussions before the Broadcasting Act of 1981, there was a powerful lobby to make the fourth channel a second channel for ITV a purely commercial operation.

But this idea was rejected by Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and William Whitelaw, who opted for the public non-profit model, with a distinctive mission and duty to commission their programs from independent producers. 25 Channel 4 Privatisation would be an `ideological fire sale`, says Labour, The Guardian (25 September 2015): www.theguardian.com/media/2015/sep/25/channel-4-privatisation-would-be-an-ideological-fire-sale-says-labour [called 13 September 2015″ June 2016] 27 „Channel 4 escapes privatisation after Downing Street intervention,“ The Telegraph (10 May 2016): www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/05/09/channel-4-escapes-privatisation-after-downing-street-intervention/ [consulted 13 June 2016] 2 Channel 4 Corporation, 2014 management report (2015) p.23-29: annualreport.channel4.com/downloads/Making-an-impact.pdf [accessed June 23, 2016]. May 2016] 21 `Transfer of assets from BBC Worldwide to Channel 4 `fanciful` The Guardian, (11 December 2008): www.theguardian.com/media/2008/dec/11/lyons-bbc-worldwide-channel-4 [called 13 June 2016] The President of the Covenant, Sara Geater, said: „This is an agreement that has an advantage for Channel 4 and the independent in a rapidly changing market. There is the freedom of Channel 4 to show programmes on their channel portfolio and their control over the UK for the duration of the licence, with independents benefiting from more strategic planning of their programmes.


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