In a tweet on Monday, Gervais told his 14.4 million followers that Channel 4’s unique remit would be “destroyed” if it were privatized. He added that it would be a “real shame” if ministers push ahead with the plans.
For almost 40 years, Channel 4 has been a launch pad for new ideas and new talent. It’s been able to do that because of its remit and not-for-profit structure and it would be a real shame if that was destroyed by selling off the channel.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 19, 2021
Channel 4 is government-owned but is editorially and commercially independent from the state. It has a mission to support the UK production sector and back risky program making. Gervais has directly benefited from this, making shows including Derek for the broadcaster.
His intervention comes amid a 10-week consultation on Channel 4’s future, which is being led by the government. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has said that a sale could be “better for the broadcaster, and better for the country,” helping secure Channel 4’s future amid the streaming revolution.
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