Channel 4’s sale will stifle UK creativity, according to Armando Iannucci.
Armando Iannucci, the creator of The Thick of It and Veep, has lambasted the government over the proposed sale of Channel 4, claiming that it is an attempt to “muffle” UK creativity.
The government plans to conduct a consultation on the channel’s privatization, which was launched in 1982 to provide programming to underserved communities.
It is now held by the government and supported by advertising revenue, although it could be sold to a private buyer.
Big American corporations are likely to be potential investors.
Sir David Attenborough, Steve Coogan, Neil Gaiman, and Hugh Grant have already signed an open letter urging the government to “end short-sighted political and financial attacks” on broadcasters, which was also signed by Iannucci.
“Our TV industry is a British success story,” the writer and director, who also wrote and directed In The Loop, The Death Of Stalin, and The Personal History Of David Copperfield, and has satirized both the UK and US governments in his TV shows, posted on Twitter. Profits from Channel 4 are reinvested in the company; selling it will distribute them to American shareholders.
“At a time when we should be promoting our creative abilities around the world, the government begins a ‘consultation’ on how to best muffle them.”
Moving Channel 4 to private ownership and modifying its mission, according to the government, might secure its “future success and sustainability.”
“Since its inception almost 40 years ago, Channel 4 has delivered on its remit, aims and objectives, and has done an excellent job in managing the market uncertainty over recent years,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said in a written statement announcing the publication of a broadcasting White Paper in the autumn.
“However, Channel 4’s current ownership arrangement and remit severely limit its ability to respond to the challenges posed by the rapidly changing media landscape.
“Now is the moment to move forward on the assumption that an alternative ownership model (with a public service remit) may be better for the broadcaster and the country.”
Chief of Channel 4. (This is a brief piece.)