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Channel 4's role as a Public Service Broadcaster

EDM (Early Day Motion) 164: tabled on 08 June 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 41 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House shares the concern of the National Union of Journalists that the Government is still actively considering the privatisation of Channel Four Television Corporation, a publicly owned but commercially funded company which makes a notable contribution to British broadcasting; notes that Channel 4 is not presently run for profit, but generates revenues to put back into commissioning independent producers to make distinctive content; further notes that the company is required to fulfil a public-service remit, which stipulates it must be innovative and distinctive, stimulate public debate on contemporary issues, reflect cultural diversity of the UK, champion alternative points of view, inspire change in people’s lives and nurture new and existing talent; observes that proposals to privatise the company were considered and rejected just five years ago, with the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport describing the channel as a precious public asset; recalls that the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications report entitled A Privatised Future for Channel Four?, published in July 2016, HL Paper 17, warned that the distinctive quality and contribution of Channel 4 News in particular could be adversely affected by privatisation; considers that any steps towards privatisation would inevitably replace Channel 4's characteristic public service ethos in favour of the narrow interests of shareholder profit; and therefore calls on the Government to commit to retaining Channel 4 in public hands.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
Stockport
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 8 June 2021
Islington North
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
Wansbeck
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
Jarrow
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
City of Durham
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
Gateshead
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 8 June 2021
Leicester East
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
Birkenhead
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 9 June 2021
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 9 June 2021
Ceredigion
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 June 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 June 2021
St Albans
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 June 2021
Foyle
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2021
Hemsworth
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 June 2021
Edinburgh North and Leith
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2021
Cardiff West
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 June 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2021
Ochil and South Perthshire
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2021
Glasgow Central
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 10 June 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 June 2021
Edinburgh East
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 June 2021
Bath
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 June 2021
Glasgow North West
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Arfon
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 June 2021
Glasgow South West
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 June 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2021
Poplar and Limehouse
Benn, Hilary
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2021
Leeds Central
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2021
Coventry South
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 October 2021
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 October 2021
Oxford West and Abingdon

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.