Responding to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP’s suggestion that Channel 4 could be privatised in less than three years, Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:
“The concept of public service broadcasting as a special category that should be supported by the state is now redundant given changes in technology.
“The privatisation of Channel 4 should be one of a number of reforms in the next few years, which should culminate in the BBC becoming a subscription service.
“There is no need for a nationalised television channel in the 21st century. This is long overdue.”
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