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How Channel 4 stayed public 20 years ago thanks to a fan of privatisation

Oct 09, 2015 - The Guardian (London)

The government's sizing up of Channel 4 for privatisation, revealed last month, comes almost 20 years after the broadcaster's public ownership was last up for serious debate.

But in 1996, when John Major's government was tempted to sell what seemed to be one of the few ripe plums left after the Thatcher years, he met with stern opposition from an ally.

Researching the history of Channel 4 for the 25th anniversary in 2007, I coaxed a detailed account of the exchanges from former chair...