What is the Future for Channel 4 in the UK Media Ecology?

14 March 2016, 6 pm

Venue: Committee Room 12, Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA


David Abraham (Chief Executive Channel 4)

Lord Inglewood (Former Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications 2011-2014)

Laura Mansfield (Outline Productions and Chair of PACT)

Guy Bisson (Research Director, Ampere Analysis)

chaired by Lord Puttnam 

This panel discussion, chaired by Lord Puttnam, focused on the challenges facing Channel 4 in particular, and public service television more generally, at a time of great uncertainty. Channel 4 plays a central role in delivering public service broadcasting but its future is under scrutiny given ongoing discussions about a possible change of ownership. This event offered a unique opportunity to hear from key participants in these debates including Channel 4’s Chief Executive, David Abraham, Chair of PACT Laura Mansfield, as well as Lord Inglewood, former Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, and the Research Director of media analysis Ampere Analysis, Guy Bisson.

Event transcript:

Transcript Channel 4 event 14 March 2016

Press coverage:

‘Abraham Hits Back at Whittingdale’s Privatisation Plans’ in Broadcast, 15th March 2016

‘For-profit Channel 4 would never have aired Paralympics or Gogglebox’ in the Guardian, 15th March 2016

Channel 4 submission:

‘Policymakers should be careful not to undermine or damage a delicate ecosystem of PSB’