TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Channel 4 privatisation

Responding to the culture secretary's suggestion that Channel 4 could be privatised, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:


“There’s no reason Channel 4 should still be taxpayer-owned in 2021.

“In the age of streaming, it’s ridiculous that we have two publicly-owned broadcasters.

“It’s about time Channel 4 stood on its own two feet.”

TPA spokesmen are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)



Media contact:

Danielle Boxall
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has written about the current situation with Channel 4 here.

  4. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has launched the Axe the Tax campaign, calling for an end to the television licence fee.
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