Ministers have been accused of plotting to privatise Channel 4, after a photographer appeared to catch someone walking into Downing Street clutching documents detailing discussions about the station's sell-off.
But photographer Steve Back this week claimed to have snapped a picture in Downing Street, showing a person entering Number 10 holding a document titled "Assessment of Channel 4 Corporation Options", with text suggesting privatisation was being "particularly" considered.
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The file appear to relate to the government's media department.
Back said he didn't know who the person holding the document was, calling them "just another suite [sic] going into Downing St!"
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Channel 4 is wholly owned by the government, and mainly funded through advertising. It launched in 1982 and has a public service remit to show programmes which demonstrate "innovation, experiment and creativity" and "appeal to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society".
Plans to sell Channel 4 were drawn up under the coalition government but blocked by Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable.
But the new Tory-majority government's assurance that it has no "current" plans to push ahead with the scheme has not dampened speculation the idea is being floated again to boost Treasury coffers.
Channel 4 could be sold for up to £1 billion, The Daily Mail claims.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not commented on the photo nor its authenticity. The Huffington Post UK contacted DCMS, but had not received a response by the time of publication.