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Today's business and finance round up 6th April 2022
Why Channel 4 is going up for sale
6th April 2022
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Why Channel 4 is going up for sale
Fast fashion juggernaut Shein eyes $100bn valuation
MEDIAWhy Channel 4 is going up for sale
What’s going on?
Why is this important?
Channel 4 has been publicly owned since launching in 1982. Unlike the BBC it does not receive funding from the TV licence, instead it generates revenue through advertising with any profits made going back into the business. Speculation over plans to sell it to private investors have been around for years and it has always strongly opposed such a move. But changes in the TV landscape has brought a sale higher up the government’s priority list:
The growing popularity of streaming services like Amazon Prime, Disney+ and Netflix has meant increased competition for viewers for Channel 4.
Channel 4's free-to-air business model is under pressure and 2020 exposed this weakness. In a year when many companies pulled back on advertising to cut costs during the pandemic, Channel 4 saw a significant drop in revenue.
The pandemic has seriously dented public finances with unprecedented levels of government debt.
Although the reasons for a sale may be more valid than ever, the big question will be who would buy it.Channel 4 doesn’t own a huge back catalogue of original content that could make it attractive to a streaming platform. Rival free-to-air broadcaster ITV has long been touted as a potential buyer. But a bid could face investigation by the competition regulator.Also ITV could face international competition from deep-pocketed media giants in the US like Netflix and Amazon who could easily afford the rumoured £1bn price tag.
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RETAILFast fashion juggernaut Shein eyes $100bn valuation
It’s astronomical rise has been fuelled by:
The data-driven, highly efficient supply chain. It relies on a model called real-time fashion, which cuts the time from design to production to as little as a few days. It's deeply integrated and vast supply network in China means it can onboard a 1,000 new products every day.
The prolific social media presence. Despite its corporate persona being tightly behind closed doors, Shein’s brand advertising can be seen across platforms like Instagram and YouTube. But its dominance on Gen Z’s favourite app TikTok has been a gamechanger. It was the most talked about brand on TikTok in 2020 and its presence there is only rivalled by Nike.
So what does the future hold for Shein? It will continue to pose stiff competition for physical retailers like H&M and Primark also other purely online names like Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing. Sales have doubled for eight consecutive years and it’s reportedly planning to overtake Zara's sales this year.
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