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Not 4 Sale event: The Future of Channel 4

Broadcast and the British Broadcasting Challenge brought together four major industry figures to assess the implications of the proposed privatisation of Channel 4 for viewers and the TV industry.

The wide-ranging debate featured industry-leading analyst Claire Enders; Andrew Sheldon, the cofounder of Leeds-based indie True North; actor, comedian, producer and writer Steve Coogan; and news and current affairs executive and diversity in the media expert Marcus Ryder.

The quartet analysed Channel 4’s place in the market in terms of what it does now, and what it might do in the future, and discussed its long term future. You can watch the event in full here, or see below for selected extracts.

Steve Coogan on Channel 4 taking risks on shows that the market wouldn’t support

Claire Enders on how public ownership directly contributes to the sustainability of Channel 4

Marcus Ryder on how Channel 4 has slipped away from its radical roots via changes in regulation

Andrew Sheldon on C4 embracing the nations and regions, and the importance of the publisher/broadcaster model