Magazine article Screen International

Labour and Lib Dems Commit to Keeping C4 in Public Hands

Magazine article Screen International

Labour and Lib Dems Commit to Keeping C4 in Public Hands

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Business secretary Vince Cable and shadow minister for the arts Chris Bryant have committed to keeping UK broadcaster Channel 4 under public ownership if Labour or the Liberal Democrats win the general election.

A cross-party gathering of British politicians and members of the Creative Industries Council (CIC), the joint forum for the creative industries (including film, TV, fashion and games) to lobby government on their behalf, gathered yesterday for a reception at the House of Commons to highlight the success of the UK's creative industries and call on policy-makers to continue nurturing the sectors after the May general election.

In attendance were the current Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Chris Bryant, Labour's Shadow Minister for Culture. All three reiterated their support for the UK's creative industries, while Liberal Democrat Cable and Smith also made a point of declaring their own party's backing for Channel 4 to remain a public entity.

"What I'm committed to, and what my party is committed to, is making absolutely sure that Channel 4 is not floated to the private sector," said Cable, hinting it might be "a slight point of acrimony" between the Lib-Dems and their coalition partners, the Conservatives. …

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