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Read this: Why the economic crisis could lead to a privatised Channel 4 |Media |

Summary: The economic crisis isn't helping many media businesses - but for Channel 4, it is threatening to be very grim indeed as views harden over broadcasting funding. Pleading the case for special subsidies becomes more difficult by the day and Channel 4 has already been forced into self-help, hacking at its overheads and Next on 4 proposals. In private conversations I've found supporters and former executives of the channel thinking the unthinkable aloud - that Channel 4, far from trying to be a mini-BBC, should learn the lesson of its failed radio adventure and scale back to being a small band of programme commissioners, perhaps franchising out its advertising sales. - link

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