The controversial sell-off of Channel 4 may very well be ditched, the brand new tradition secretary has advised, as Liz Truss’s new authorities evaluations its broadcasting coverage.
Michelle Donelan additionally mentioned she would look once more at the way forward for the BBC licence charge – after her predecessor, Nadine Dorries, outlined plans to overtake the broadcaster’s funding mannequin.
And she confirmed a evaluate of the net harms invoice, after Tory MPs joined criticism that the intent to limit some “legal but harmful” speech is an assault on free speech.
The privatisation of Channel 4 is among the many most hotly-contested insurance policies inherited from the Johnson authorities, with widespread worry it should severely harm small manufacturing corporations.
Ms Donelan mentioned she would have a look at whether or not “we still agree with that decision”, telling BBC Radio 4: “As the prime minister said, we do need to re-examine the business case and that’s certainly what I’m doing.
“I’m the type of politician that bases their decisions on evidence, on listening and that’s what I will be doing over the coming weeks. I will take that approach when it comes to Channel 4 and every aspect of my brief.”
Ms Dorries, when tradition secretary, argued privatising Channel 4, which has been publicly owned since its launch in 1982, would free it as much as promote its personal content material.
But even some Tories questioned whether or not the transfer was “revenge” for anger over what some ministers have lengthy claimed is its anti-Conservative political protection.
Senior Tories together with Damian Green, Jeremy Wright and Helen Grant, the Tory chair of the Channel 4 all-party parliamentary group, criticised the proposal.