News 28 June 2022

Idris Elba In Talks To Join £1 Billion Bid To Buy Channel 4

28 June 2022

The multi-talented Idris Elba is reportedly in talks to support a £1 billion bid to buy British broadcaster, Channel 4.

According to The Sunday Times, the Luther star is having discussions with entrepreneur Marc Boyan, who founded the international marketing firm Miroma Group, to make a joint bid for the broadcaster.

Channel 4 have declined to comment and Elba’s representatives are yet to speak on the matter.

News of an alleged bid between Elba and Boyan comes months after the UK government confirmed its plans to privatise Channel 4 in order to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Following the government’s announcement of its plan, Channel 4 said the news was disappointing.

“With over 60,000 submissions to the Government’s public consultation, it is disappointing that today’s announcement has been made without formally recognising the significant public interest concerns which have been raised,” a statement from the broadcaster read.

“Channel 4 has engaged in good faith with the Government throughout the consultation process, demonstrating how it can continue to commission much-loved programmes from the independent sector across the UK that represent and celebrate every aspect of British life as well as increase its contribution to society, while maintaining ownership by the public.”

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