Document blunder reveals Channel 4 could be privatised

An official is photographed with papers exploring 'ownership options' for Channel 4. Would privatisation be selling the silver or the best of both worlds?

Credit: Thomas Nugent/Geograph
Credit: Thomas Nugent/Geograph

As anyone with a habit of leaving their password scribbled on post-it notes has no doubt discovered by now, data compromises aren’t always the work of teams of nerds toiling away in hi-tech Russian boiler rooms. The old-fashioned glimpse is still effective, as a government official discovered yesterday when photographed entering Downing Street with sensitive documents about the future of Channel 4.

The picture, by Steve Back, reveals the government is considering strategies for ‘extracting greater public value from the Channel 4 Corporation (C4C), focusing on privatisation options in particular’, only a month after Secretary of State for Culture, Sport and the Media John Whittingdale said its ownership was ‘not currently under debate’. A month’s clearly a long time in politics.

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here

Email: mtsupport@haymarket.com

Call: 020 8267 8121

Register

FREE

  • Up to 4 free articles a month
  • Free email bulletins

Register Now

Get 30 days free access

Sign up for a 30 day free trial and get:

  • Full access to managementtoday.co.uk
  • Exclusive event discounts
  • Management Today's print magazine

Join today