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W Series attracts highest-ever audience with Silverstone race

Motoracing’s W Series reached a record audience last weekend, the organisation has said. The fourth race of the 2022 season at Silverston attracted a peak UK TV audience of more than 1 million viewers and the highest-ever race audience in W Series history, since its launch in 2018. The race was the most-watched motorsport event […]

MFE will ‘surely look at’ Channel 4 acquisition

The Berlusconi-controlled MediaForEurope (MFE) will consider acquiring Channel 4 when it goes on sale, the company’s chief operating officer has said. Despite consistent backlash and opposition from the general public, UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries is pushing forward with plans to privatise the broadcaster with a price tag set at a reported £2 billion.  The […]

Digital UK appoints Channel 4 veteran pair as chief product officers

Freeview operator Digital UK has announced the appointment of Sarah Milton and Carl Pfeiffer into the newly created role of chief product officer, on a job-share basis. The pair will be charged with leading product development for Freeview and Freesat, while managing the day-to-day running of TV services.  Milton and Pfeiffer will start the new […]

Channel 4 appoints head of comedy

Channel 4 in the UK has hired Blink Industries’ Charlie Perkins as its head of comedy. Perkins will report into Ian Katz, C4’s chief content officer, and will manage a team comprising newly promoted commissioning editor Laura Riseam and commissioning executive Joe Hullait. She will also oversee the appointment of a new senior commissioning editor. […]

Channel 4 reveals details of rejected alternative plan to privatisation

UK comcaster Channel 4 has revealed details of its rejected alternative proposal to the UK government’s privatisation plans, including selling its £100m London headquarters and nearly doubling its workforce outside the British capital to become a “northern-based” company. The UK government recently gave the go ahead to privatise Channel 4 and end its 40 years of public […]

Channel 4 sale ‘could raise up to £2bn’

Channel 4’s sale could raise up to £2 billion (€2.4 billion) as buyers of all flavours take a look at the UK broadcaster. The process to sell the company, confirmed last week after months of speculation, is being led by investment firm JP Morgan, according to The Sunday Times, with the price tag substantially more than the £1bn […]

UK government to outline C4 privatisation plans in white paper

The UK government is set to release a policy paper outlining its plans to sell Channel 4. The government confirmed that it would privatise the pubcaster earlier this month, in a move which has received major pushback from Channel 4’s CEO ​​Alex Mahon along with  lawmakers across parliament and well-known TV personalities such as former […]

Streamers to be regulated by UK government

Streamers such as Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+ are to be regulated in the UK for the first time, while super-indies are set to face new scrutiny over their ‘independent’ status. The proposals from UK government came in a far-reaching White Paper that promises to deliver a “new golden age of programming” by updating “decades-old […]

Mahon and Dorries set out opposing cases on C4 future

Debate over the future of commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 heated up over the weekend, with its CEO Alex Mahon and UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries both arguing their cases in national newspapers. It was announced last week that Dorries had given the go-ahead for Channel 4 to be privatised by the UK government, despite fervent […]

UK Government to privatise Channel 4

Channel 4 in the UK is to be privatised by the UK government, despite fervent industry opposition to the move. C4 CEO, Alex Mahon, revealed the news in a note to staff on Monday night, confirming that culture secretary Nadine Dorries would now set a path to end the organisation’s 40-year private ownership. “We have […]

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