Responding to the news that the government is pressing ahead with plans to privatise Channel 4, Liberal Democrat Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Spokesperson Jamie Stone said: “Yet again, the Conservatives have shown they care more about lining the pockets of the super rich than supporting a great public institution.
“Even Margaret Thatcher understood the huge power of Channel 4 as a force for creativity and innovation that belonged to all of us without costing taxpayers a penny.
“Occasionally, we as a country manage to magic up a world-renowned gem into being and Channel 4 is a perfect example. And yet this Government seems hellbent on trashing this uniquely British legacy and undermining jobs and investment in the creative sector.
“The Liberal Democrats will oppose these dangerous plans in Parliament and stand up for the quality and independence of British broadcasting.”
The decision on this was led by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, who started the process without knowing that Channel 4 was funded by advertising and commercial operations, below.