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BBC to plug C4 funding gap?

February 29, 2008

Channel 4 could be given a stake in the BBC’s commercial arm and launch a series of joint ventures with public bodies under radical plans being considered to plug a £100 million (E139m) funding gap. The Guardian reported that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is examining a proposal for Channel 4 and the BBC to work more closely together.

Under the plan Channel 4 would receive a stake in the BBC’s commercial arm, which sells its programmes and channels globally and is expanding aggressively around the world.

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