Former British Chancellor Rishi Sunak, one of the two candidates in the running for British prime minister, has promised to push ahead with the privatization of Channel 4.
In a statement shared with British media on Thursday, a spokesman for Sunak said: “Rishi will push ahead with the privatization of Channel 4. Channel 4 is an important part of British broadcasting and supports our brilliant creative industries, but a lot has changed since it was set up in the 1980s to give viewers more choice.
“The privatization will help Channel 4 thrive at a time when they are also competing with Netflix, Amazon, Apple and many others – standing still is not an option,” the spokesperson added.
In April, the British government decided to press ahead with the privatization process, despite considerable resistance from the British media industry. The trial was suspended due to the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The other prime minister candidate, Secretary of State Liz Truss, is also considered to be in favor of privatization. Although she has not yet commented on the matter, one of her staunchest supporters is Culture Minister Nadine Dorries, one of the main proponents of privatization.
On July 25, Sunak and Truss will face off in a live TV debate on the BBC. Meanwhile, a debate on Sky News that was previously canceled because both candidates declined to take part has now been rescheduled for August 4 with both taking part.
The leadership contest will be decided by a national vote of Conservative Party ballot members, with the result due by September 5. The winner is sworn in as British Prime Minister.
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