The Conservative government has said it will privatise Channel 4 in the upcoming Media Bill. This will end forty years of public ownership since the broadcaster was created in the 1980s.
Luke has criticised the move, calling Channel 4 a British success story. He added that it does not cost the tax-payer a single penny as it generates its own revenue and said the company is well known for its investment in British talent and production.
It is likely that Channel 4 will be bought by a foreign media giant, risking its reputation as one of Britain’s most innovative and independent broadcasters.
“I strongly oppose the privatisation of Channel 4. This Tory plan is simply vandalism of our creative sector. I know people in Plymouth will also be opposed to this latest Tory move to wreak havoc on our world-leading creative sector.”
Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Culture Secretary, said:
“Selling off Channel 4, which doesn’t cost the tax-payer a penny anyway, to what is likely to be a foreign company, is cultural vandalism. It will hit the British creative economy.
The government should have a laser-like focus on the cost-of-living crisis, and help people with their bills, not be fiddling around like this for ideological reasons.”