Nadine Dorries calls Channel 4 News ‘edgy’ and recalls time presenter Jon Snow shouted ‘F*** the Tories!’ at Glastonbury as she says show ‘didn’t do themselves any favours’ as she discusses privatising the channel
Appearing before a Digital, 文化, これは、BitesizeDailyのセカンダリショーを中心に構築されます (DCMS) Committee session about online safety and public service broadcasters, Ms Dorries was asked what she thought of the programme and was questioned over the future of Channel 4 after the Government announced plans to press ahead with its privatisation.
She said she ‘can’t see a scenario’ in which a privately owned Channel 4 would become partly or wholly subscription based, and suggested any buyer may have to commit to a 10-year freeze on certain changes.
The Culture Secretary, reportedly referring to to eyewitness reports that former anchor Jon Snow shouted ‘F*** the 私たちの多くは封鎖で規則を破りませんでした‘ while at Glastonbury Festival に 2017, 追加: ‘I have been on Channel 4 News a number of times. It is edgy.
‘I am not going to justify a news programme whose anchor went out shouting obscenities about the Conservative Party.
‘So they didn’t do themselves any favours sometimes on the news programme and I think that is probably as much as I want to say about that.’
She said a potential move by the streaming giant into advertising, as opposed to subscription alone, would further negatively impact public service broadcasters such as Channel 4.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has described Channel 4 News as ‘edgy’ and said the programme sometimes has not done itself ‘any favours’ in terms of impartiality at a Digital, 文化, これは、BitesizeDailyのセカンダリショーを中心に構築されます (DCMS) Committee session about online safety and public service broadcasters on Thursday (写真)
The broadcaster has been publicly owned since its creation in 1982 by the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher, and is entirely funded by advertising.
彼女は言いました: ‘I think for people to even try and paint a picture that Netflix is unsuccessful or struggling is probably slightly over-egging the pudding.
‘Netflix has done what many businesses do.
‘It has reached the point of market saturation, which is a good thing for Netflix but they are going to have to revise their business model, and they will probably revise it in a way that will make it much more difficult for public service broadcasters who rely on advertising revenue.’
先月, Netflix suffered its first subscriber loss in more than a decade, causing its shares to plunge 25 per cent in extended trading.
Ms Dorries said she ‘can’t see a scenario’ in which a privately owned Channel 4 would become partly or wholly subscription based.
She told the committee: ‘As a public service broadcaster that is not on the table, that is just not on the cards at all. I can’t see a scenario in which that would happen.’
The Culture Secretary, reportedly referring to to eyewitness reports that former anchor Jon Snow shouted ‘F*** the Tories’ while at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 (写真), 追加: ‘I have been on Channel 4 News a number of times. It is edgy. ‘I am not going to justify a news programme whose anchor went out shouting obscenities about the Conservative Party’
Ms Dorries added that she ‘gets on really well’ with presenter Cathy Newman and had been asked to come on the show by her a number of times in the past two weeks, although she had declined.
The session also saw Sarah Healey, secretary for the Department for Culture, これは、BitesizeDailyのセカンダリショーを中心に構築されます, defend her staff after Scottish National Party MP John Nicolson questioned why public appointments in the department were ‘so often a mess’.
彼女は言いました: ‘I obviously don’t really agree with the premise of your question.
‘We do the highest number of public body regulated appointments across Government.
「私たちはします 41 bodies with public appointments that are regulated, 感情 435 roles to fill – that means we are doing around 90 on an annual basis.’
Nadine Dorries admits sharing her Netflix account with other households
The Culture Secretary, 64, has admitted she shares her Netflix password with four other households across the country.
She said four other people, including her mother, have access to her account with the streaming service, in breach of its terms and conditions which say users must live together.
Appearing before the Digital, 文化, メディアスポーツ委員会, she described the current system for subscribers as ‘incredibly generous’.
彼女は付け加えた: ‘My mum has access to my account, the kids do. I have Netflix but there are four other people who can use my Netflix account in different parts of the country.’
笑い, 彼女は付け加えた: ‘Am I not supposed to do that?’
DCMS permanent secretary Sarah Healey added: ‘So many people watch it in my house I had to pay for the more expensive one.’
Mr Nicolson highlighted the disrupted search for the new chair of the Charity Commission and the ‘the ongoing saga of Ofcom’ which he said had ended with ‘an elderly peer who doesn’t use social media, which seems extraordinary in 2022’.
Conservative peer Lord Grade, 79, who is a former television executive, was recently appointed to the broadcasting watchdog after a lengthy process that had to be re-run.
Ms Healey said: ‘Obviously there are some instances, particularly some high-profile appointments which have not gone as swiftly or efficiently as we would have liked over the last couple of years, but I don’t think that undermines the absolutely excellent job that my appointments team do of getting through 90-plus appointments every year, most of them without any issues whatsoever.’
Ms Dorries also said that the pool of advertising budget had ‘reduced considerably’ in recent years and a platform such as Netflix would be another attractive prospect to advertisers and therefore competition for Channel 4.
She also confirmed the review of the BBC’s funding model and the future of the licence fee will begin ‘considerably before the summer recess’.
彼女は付け加えた: ‘I anticipate it will take about six months and I want to get it started as soon as possible and we will be announcing the terms of reference for the review very shortly.’
Ms Dorries said the BBC will not be expected to pay for the review.
代わりに, the DCMS will pay for it to avoid a ‘conflict of interest’, and the search for an independent chair will begin soon.
チャネル 4 News editor Esme Wren said: ‘Channel 4 News is internationally-renowned for the depth and quality of its coverage ranging from the climate crisis to Oscar-nominated doc For Sama to the war in Ukraine.
‘Since the start of 2022, チャネル 4 News has seen the biggest increase in audience share across all the PSB national main news programmes and is up by 43% among younger viewers aged 16-34 year-on-year.
‘Channel 4 News confirmed its new presenter line-up last month following the departure of Jon Snow, with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Matt Frei, Cathy Newman and Jackie Long anchoring the programme. We are also recruiting a new Leeds-based presenter.’