C4 privatisation could pave way to abolition of BBC licence fee, says IEA Director General


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Commenting on the government’s decision to go ahead with plans to privatise Channel 4, Mark Littlewood, Director General at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:


“This is a welcome step in the modernisation of British broadcasting. There is now such a welcome diversity in television output that it makes no sense to divide TV into public sector and commercial sector.


“Channel 4 is likely to go from strength to strength as a consequence of this move. One can only hope that this is the first step towards liberating the BBC and its viewers from the dead hand of the outdated licence fee.”


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