TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Channel 4 White Paper

For immediate release


Responding to the culture secretary's announcement of a consultation on the sale of Channel 4, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“It’s crystal clear that Channel 4 should not still be taxpayer-owned in 2021.

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

“This upcoming consultation should explore the benefits of unshackling it from the taxpayer and letting Channel 4 stand 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. Click here to see the culture secretary’s consultation announcement.

  4. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has written about the current situation with Channel 4 here. The campaign group plans to submit to the upcoming consultation, supporting the privatisation of the channel.
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