01/05/2024

Ministers Call On C4 To Invest More In Regional Screen Industries

Television regulator, Ofcom, has been urged to take action requiring Channel 4 to address underinvestment in the screen industries of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

NI's Economy Minister Conor Murphy and his counterparts in Scotland and Wales have sent a joint letter to Ofcom.
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Minister Murphy said: "Our screen industry is a success story that we are justifiably proud of. However Channel 4 has persistently underinvested in the industry locally. I have therefore issued a joint letter to Ofcom, along with my Ministerial colleagues in the other devolved administrations, to seek assurance that the regulator will take action to address this underinvestment."

The Minister's intervention was welcomed by Sir David Sterling, the Chair of NI Screen, who said: "Despite the local screen industry here blossoming, Channel 4 has failed to hit even the most modest unregulated target for commissioning from here every year of its 10 year licence. Channel 4 was set up to be the home of the UK's independent companies and we ask Ofcom to ensure that Channel 4 is obliged to commission a fair proportion of its programming from our local independent companies over the next 10 year licence."


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