A decision by the UK government to privatize pubcaster Channel 4 is reportedly being delayed due to opposition to the decision. According to a report in UK newspaper The Times, new culture secretary Nadine Dorries, who assumed the post in September, has been “overwhelmed” by the negative response to a potential sale.
Dorries had initially planned a response to the submissions relating to the plans to sell off the broadcaster this month, but that response is now expected in December or early 2022 after “a flood of opposition,” The Times reported. The publication reports the government received some 60,000 submissions about the possible move.
Public consultations into a potential sale of Channel 4 began this past summer. The broadcaster is owned by the UK government, but is self-funded through ad revenue.
In October, it was revealed that potential bidders for Channel 4 included former C4 CEO Michael Grade, CBE, who ran Channel 4 from 1988 to 1997. Grade is also a former BBC1 controller and has held posts as chairman of the BBC and executive chairman of ITV. Other potential bidders include Sky, ViacomCBS, ITV and Discovery Inc.