Bare Faced Cheek

The company that plummeted British television to new depths is begging for money from the Government. Channel 4 is a very strange beast - a profit generating, ad driven commercial channel - owned by the taxpayers.

Let's stop fooling ourselves that the organisation that brought Big Brother to Britain has any longer anything to do with the excellent public service it once provided, especially in support of British film making.

The iPlayer may be subsidised by the licence payer, but Kangaroo (largely a C4 initiative) is therefore likely to be paid for by the taxpayer. Companies like Joost, Babblegum and Jalipo must be livid.

It's like finding the local millionaire on the streetcorner, begging bowl in hand. There are plenty of better public service causes, and it's high time to privatise Channel 4.