Ricky Gervais Says Channel 4 Would Be “Destroyed” If It was Sold By The UK Government

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The Office and After Life creator Ricky Gervais has spoken out against UK government proposals to sell broadcaster Channel 4.

In a tweet on Monday, Gervais told his 14.4 million followers that Channel 4’s unique remit would be “destroyed” if it were privatized. He added that it would be a “real shame” if ministers push ahead with the plans.

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Channel 4 is government-owned but is editorially and commercially independent from the state. It has a mission to support the UK production sector and back risky program making. Gervais has directly benefited from this, making shows including Derek for the broadcaster.

His intervention comes amid a 10-week consultation on Channel 4’s future, which is being led by the government. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has said that a sale could be “better for the broadcaster, and better for the country,” helping secure Channel 4’s future amid the streaming revolution.

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