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Channel Four Funding

EDM number 1344 in 1993-94, proposed by Anthony Coombs on 17/06/1994.

That this House congratulates Channel 4 on achieving an 11 per cent. audience share in 1993, which was higher than BBC 2's, whilst maintaining the remit, and on increasing advertising revenues by 35 per cent. in its first year of selling its airtime in competition with ITV; notes that through the funding formula in the 1990 Broadcasting Act Channel 4 has to pay ú38 million to ITV in respect of 1993 and is projected to pay up to ú500 million to ITV over the 10 year licence period; notes that the ITV companies projected no more than ú100 million to income from Channel 4 over their licence period and that that expectation will already have been met by 1995; notes the recent ITV companies have cut their programme investment against a background of rising profitability; believes that it is perverse for Channel 4 to subsidize its more commercial competitor which has almost three times as much to spend on programmes; notes that independent sources, such as the Henley Centre, do not believe Channel 4 will at any time have to call upon the Government to introduce proposals to abolish the Channel 4 funding formula so as to strengthen the Channel's ability to carry out its remit, to invest in more original drama, children's programmes and British films such as The Crying Game and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

This motion has been signed by a total of 49 MPs.

Anthony Coombs17/06/1994Wyre ForestProposed
Geoff Hoon17/06/1994AshfieldSigned
Keith Hampson17/06/1994Leeds North WestSigned
Glenda Jackson17/06/1994Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Robert Maclennan17/06/1994Caithness and SutherlandSigned
Ernie Ross20/06/1994Dundee WestSigned
Alan Howarth20/06/1994Stratford-on-AvonSigned
John McAllion20/06/1994Dundee EastSigned
William McKelvey20/06/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Keith Bradley20/06/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
John Cummings20/06/1994EasingtonSigned
Jim Dowd20/06/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Norman Godman20/06/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
David Knox21/06/1994Staffordshire MoorlandsSigned
Paul Tyler21/06/1994North CornwallSigned
Paddy Tipping21/06/1994SherwoodSigned
Hugh Bayley21/06/1994York, City ofSigned
John Evans21/06/1994St Helens NorthSigned
James Couchman21/06/1994GillinghamSigned
Alex Carlile21/06/1994MontgomerySigned
Peter Hardy21/06/1994WentworthSigned
John Battle22/06/1994Leeds WestSigned
Richard Burden22/06/1994Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Ken Livingstone22/06/1994Brent EastSigned
John Hutton22/06/1994Barrow & FurnessSigned
John Home Robertson22/06/1994East LothianSigned
John Heppell22/06/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Clive Soley22/06/1994HammersmithSigned
Lynne Jones22/06/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
David Clelland23/06/1994Tyne BridgeSigned
Tom Cox23/06/1994TootingSigned
Neil Gerrard23/06/1994WalthamstowSigned
Simon Hughes27/06/1994Southwark and BermondseySigned
James Callaghan27/06/1994Heywood & MiddletonSigned
Gwyneth Dunwoody28/06/1994Crewe & NantwichSigned
Michael Fabricant28/06/1994Staffordshire MidSigned
Martyn Jones29/06/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Anthony Grant29/06/1994Cambridge South WestSigned
Kate Hoey29/06/1994VauxhallSigned
Kim Howells30/06/1994PontypriddSigned
Dennis Turner30/06/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Audrey Wise30/06/1994PrestonSigned
Toby Jessel04/07/1994TwickenhamSigned
Hugh Dykes04/07/1994Harrow EastSigned
Diane Abbott04/07/1994Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
John Maxton05/07/1994Glasgow, CathcartSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours07/07/1994WorkingtonSigned
Mike Gapes20/07/1994Ilford SouthSigned
John Gunnell20/07/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned

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