Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon Says “Smart & Sensible” UK Government Took Lead On In-House Proposal

channel 4 CEO alex mahone The “smart and sensible” UK culture secretary has been praised for leading the charge against privatization And the plan to allow networks to make in-house shows is the brainchild of the government.

talking to deadline a few hours laterR Rishi SunakThe Conservatives confirmed Channel 4 would remain in public hands, with Mahon saying the government felt “it was important to legislate” for the in-house proposal, which would see Channel 4 produce and own the rights to its shows for the first time. could.

The plan has already proved controversial, with UK indie trade body Pact saying it is “disappointed” by a move that would take away rights and therefore money away from its member base of hundreds of UK producers.

Mahon insisted that Channel 4’s alternative privatization proposal – unveiled last year with claims that a sale would cost the UK economy £3BN ($3.6BN) over a decade – was not included in the government’s “sustainable package” for Channel 4’s future, Which also included in-house planning.

“It was not in [initial] The package we have set, but the government felt it was important to legislate for it,” she said. “What’s important to us is that the area is connected and the job is done properly.”

Responding to Pact’s comments, Mahon said: “The indie sector is the spiritual heart of Channel 4 and our success and their success are intertwined. We work very closely with the Pact and want to ensure that there are no unintended consequences for the region.

Work now begins on the size of Channel 4 in-house, but Mahon said the government would consult the indie sector and prepare proposals before presenting them gogglebox Network. The proposals would also have to pass into UK law.

The government’s “stability package” increased the pubcaster’s borrowing limit by £200M ($240M), as well as increased skills investment and more jobs moving out of London, which Mahon said “will help us in times of recession”. Will give flexibility.

The government’s package made no mention of the sale of Channel 4’s Horseferry Road London headquarters, and Mahon denied these reports. “rumors [of a sale] appear in the press from time to time but they have no basis, in fact we have just sent everyone back inside.”

However, Channel 4’s alternative privatization proposal proposed “streamlining our presence in London by creating a new London base that reflects our new ways of working.”

“smart and intelligent”

while the relationship with Mahone nadin dorisFormer UK culture secretary who backed privatization has hit times hard, praises Dorries’ “smart and sensible” successor michelle donnellan and its Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Mahon, who has seen seven culture secretaries come and go during his five-year tenure running the channel, said, “The important thing is that they looked at it in detail and took a sensible approach.”

“She understands what will make us sustainable and that you need a distinct voice in the market. The kind of shows we do – prince andrew: musical, Putin: The Story of a Russian Spy and love drama i’m ruth Nowhere else is there and we have the ability to challenge.