Kirstie Allsopp addresses claim Channel 4 is ‘too woke’ after 20 years at broadcaster

Kirstie Allsopp admits she doesn't like 'mean' reputation

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Kirstie Allsopp took to social media last night to discuss the possible privatisation of Channel 4. The 49-year-old television presenter, who has fronted shows on the network for over 20 years, addressed the move amid claims that the channel is “too woke”.

“Folk say @Channel4 is too woke, and selling it appeals to anti woke voters, but they’ve had me front & centre for the last 20 years, and him indoors.

“Much as I like to use correct & sensitive language and understand the issues of the day I hardly think Pip [co-star Phil Spencer] & I are woke central,” she wrote online, in view of her 422,900 followers.

“But what about all those times you s****ed off Gogglebox?

“Thought you’d be glad to see back of C4,”(sic) one social media user replied.

Kirstie went on to say that the network was a great place to work and allowed her the freedom to speak her mind.

“I hate what Gogglebox did to my Christmas show, but that’s Channel 4 for you, they employ me yet still allow me to attack one of their shows.

“It is an amazing place to work, all the TV I have ever made is for Channel 4,” she hit back.

The TV star also addressed a suggestion that the network is biased.

“I don’t agree, but if I did I’d so say because I know that Channel 4 doesn’t shut people down.

“I’m allowed a view, I can say what I don’t like on the Channel. They are not a thinned skinned org,” she explained.

Channel 4 is a public-service television network which launched in 1982 and is commercially self-funded.

In an earlier tweet, she spoke about the matter in more detail.

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“@Channel4 does not take a penny off the Government, but it is a public service broadcaster.

“Someone said ‘we don’t need 2 public service broadcasters’ I agree, we need 3, the more TV that is for the public the better.

“Innovative, brave, compassionate broadcasting is what we do,” she tweeted.

Yesterday it was reported that some programmes could be at risk if the channel is privatised.

Programming director Ian Katz said: “It’s A Sin is a brilliant example because it is a show that was turned down by every broadcaster before we made it.

“It quite simply would not have been made if we hadn’t been there, and I think there are quite a few shows in our schedule of that ilk.”

Elsewhere, Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4 said: “We need to make sure that the media landscape is strengthened, not worsened, by any changes to the channel.”

The government is set to launch a consultation on the proposal shortly.

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