UK govt preparing Bill to force Channel 4 relocation - report

Thursday 8 February 2018 | 11:23 CET | News

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is coming under increasing pressure to agree to move out of London, with Culture Secretary Matt Hancock understood to be have ordered officials to start working on new legislation to force the move if no voluntary deal is agreed, reports The Telegraph. 

The debate over the future of Channel 4 has been ongoing for more than two years, with sources indicating that the UK Government now wants the issue resolved within 'weeks not months'. The Government is understood to be considering giving its support to a Private Members' Bill proposed by Conservative MP Jack Brereton. Although no final decisions have been made, the Government is believed to be confident that legislation forcing Channel 4 to relocate outside of London would have cross-party support as it would provide a boost for creative industries in the Midlands and the North, both Labour-voting heartlands. 

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