Michelle Donelan: Channel 4 and BBC licensing fees on the Culture Secretary’s new agenda

Michelle Donelan will face ongoing discussions about the privatization of Channel 4 and the BBC’s royalty fees, as she steps into the role of UK Culture Secretary.

s Donelan has previous experience in the entertainment industry, having worked for The History Channel as well as Director of International Marketing Communications for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

She has been a member of parliament since 2015 and represents the Chippenham constituency, in the southwest.

The role of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary is her second cabinet position, having previously served as Education Secretary under Boris Johnson.

However, she became the shortest-serving cabinet member in British history, after she resigned less than 36 hours later, as part of numerous ministerial-level resignations.

Her new appointment to the role of Culture Secretary as executive director of the Producers’ Alliance for Film and Television (Pact), which represents the independent television production sector, has called for reconsider the privatization of Channel 4.

Ms Donelan’s predecessor, Nadine Dorries, announced the Government’s intention to privatize the broadcaster earlier this year.

The government argues that the broadcaster will struggle to survive amid a media increasingly dominated by major streaming giants like Netflix.

Pact CEO John McVay said it would be an “absurd” decision to continue using the publicly owned TV station, which is entirely funded by advertising.

Ms Donelan will also inherit the issues surrounding the BBC’s royalty review.

Government plans to replace the previous TV station funding model have been described by Jon Thoday, co-founder and co-founder of production company Avalon, as a “giant red herring” to BBC attack.

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Ms. Donelan’s role as Minister of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is her second cabinet position, after less than two days as Education Secretary (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

In January, Ms Dorries announced that license fees would be frozen at £159 for the next two years until April 2024.

Ms Dorries said she wanted to find a new funding model before the current contract expires in 2027 because it is “completely outdated”.

The review was scheduled to begin before the Commons summer break on July 22 but was cast into doubt after Mr Johnson stepped down as Tory leader.

Responding to Mr Thoday’s comment, a DCMS spokesman said: “The BBC’s funding model needs to be made more sustainable for the future, as it has faced major challenges including changes fundamental change in the way people use media.

“We have committed to reviewing the license fee funding model before the next Charter period to explore the potential for alternative ways to fund the BBC.”

Prior to her brief cabinet role, Ms. Donelan had experience in parliament including serving on the Education Selection Committee for three years, before joining the Government in the Whips Office in 2016. 2018.

She then spent three years in the Department of Education, first as Minister of Children and Families, then as Minister of State for Universities.

In 2021, Ms. Donelan was promoted to Minister of Higher and Higher Education, joined the cabinet in 2021, and was sworn into the Privy Council.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog Bella in the Wiltshire countryside, according to the official parliamentary biography.

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