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Channel 4 celebrates its 40th birthday

Supporters pledge to continue campaign against the government’s much-criticised privatisation plans

CHANNEL 4 TV celebrated its 40th birthday today with pledges from supporters to continue their campaign against the government’s much-criticised privatisation plans.

Performers’ union Equity and the We Own It public ownership campaign staged celebrations in London and outside Channel 4’s recently opened headquarters in Leeds, where a birthday card was presented to staff.

Labour Mayor of West Yorkshire and former actor Tracy Brabin, whose screen appearances include Coronation Street and Eastenders, said in a message of support: “As Channel 4 turns 40, it’s my absolute pleasure to wish it a happy birthday on behalf of its new neighbours, the people of West Yorkshire.

“Our talented creatives are grateful for the jobs, our indie companies are grateful for the work, and our audiences are grateful for the high-quality programming it always delivers. 

“Privatisation would threaten all of this. I stand shoulder to shoulder with Equity in the fight to keep Channel 4 public and keep it in Leeds.”

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