Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries clashed with TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp over the privatization of Channel 4 after she said the channel’s “salad days” were over.
The couple exchanged messages on Twitter after Dorries’ opinion piece was published in the post on sunday, address the government’s decision to move ahead with its plans to sell the canal.
Dorries wrote that former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who founded Channel 4 in 1982, ultimately wanted it to be “free from the constraints of the state” and described any opposition to the move as “lazy, overwrought and ill-informed rhetoric”. . by the Leftie Luvvie Lynch Mob”.
Allsopp, who moderates the real estate show Location, location, location on Channel 4, responded on Twitter and asked whether it was “really ministerial” to call the privatization opponents a “lynch mob” while “at the same time complaining that they were accused of fascism”.
In an article on the US Senate’s passage of an anti-lynching bill, she added, “This article might make you think twice about using that term.”
The government confirmed last week that it will proceed with plans to privatize Channel 4, which has been publicly owned and advertising-funded since its inception in 1982.
Allsopp responded to the announcement by tweeting that “no true Conservative would sell Channel 4” and that “Lady T will be turning in her grave”.
In replying to her posts on the evening of Sunday April 10, Dorries suggested reading Margaret Thatcher’s memoirsThe years in Downing Street, proved that she intended to sell Channel 4.
She also said Channel 4 could not be sustained in its current state due to “declining advertising revenue and falling investment in new content”.
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“There’s of course the bonus that a sale will bring to the entire sector, which is that the proceeds of the sale will be reinvested in people from all backgrounds, particularly those from communities left behind, because talent is everywhere, not just in the SE,” she said .
“We will invest in capabilities to capitalize on incoming demand from our booming film and television sector due to the favorable tax breaks/reliefs and funding this government has put in place to encourage the film industry to make the UK their home consider.
“I also especially love C4 location location [Location], but as I say in my article, it’s time to look to the future. The station’s salad days are a thing of the past. Being owned by the government is restrictive. Time for C4 to fly the nest into a very exciting future.”
Plans for the sale will reportedly be set out in a white paper later this month and will be included in a new media bill for next spring.
A number of Tory MPs and colleagues including Sir Peter Bottomley, former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee leader Julian Knight and former Cabinet Ministers Damian Green and Jeremy Hunt have publicly questioned these plans.
Sir Peter, representing Worthing West, said he was against the sale “because I’m a Conservative”.
On Monday 11 April, Labor Party shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell dismissed a suggestion that the sale of Channel 4 would help the regions.
She tweeted, “Selling C4 to a foreign media giant is the opposite of leveling up. It will cost jobs in Yorkshire and across the north where C4 has been investing for years.
“Apprenticeships, headquarters and support for independent production companies are all at risk.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/kirstie-allsopp-nadine-dorries-channel-4-b2055300.html Kirstie Allsopp and Nadine Dorries are fighting over the privatization of Channel 4