British TV industry at risk from US tech and media giants, says Channel 4 chief

The UK’s reports that the chief executive of Channel 4 has warned that large parts of the British television industry are being bought up almost wholesale by US media companies, while the medium faces a longer term existential threat from the increasing involvement of technology giants including Apple and Google.

David Abraham said public service broadcasters (PSBs) including Channel 4 and the BBC were the only bulwark against a broadcasting industry dominated by US media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch and Virgin Media owner John Malone and even larger technology firms.

“TV is clearly now a combat vehicle for tech and mobile companies and platforms to compete with each other rather than a sovereign industry in its own right,” said Abraham, delivering the prestigious James MacTaggart memorial lecture at the Guardian Edinburgh international television festival on Thursday evening.


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