Tory Minister Desires BBC To Sell Off Lucrative UKTV Stake | TV News
What is it with the Tory Government and their continued quest to defang and privatise the BBC? That question I ask again in light of the Government’s ‘desire’ for the corporation to sell stake in commercial broadcaster UKTV – which owns TV channels like Dave and Gold – and makes about a third of BBC Worldwide’s profits.
It is understood that culture secretary John Whittingdale is keen to see the Corporation sell the £500m stake, US pay-TV broadcaster Scripps owning the other half of the share.
A BBC spokesoman commented on the feeling:
“While the BBC has not seen any drafts of the white paper, these proposals do not reflect the discussions we have had with government on its content.”
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