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Channel 4

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Government's strategy for Channel 4. (81234)

As indicated in the BBC Charter Review White Paper published in March this year, the Government are clear that Channel 4 has a vital role to play, alongside the BBC, in the provision of public service broadcasting for the future. We are keen that it should continue to fulfil that role and are considering forms of assistance such as asking the BBC to provide Channel 4 with financial help towards meeting its capital switchover costs and Channel 4's desire to secure a limited amount of additional digital terrestrial capacity from the BBC. The Government will also take a close interest in the conclusions of Ofcom's proposed review of Channel 4's financial prospects.