Channel 4 adds Jeremy Corbyn defender to board after claiming he is not on the left – .

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Channel 4 adds Jeremy Corbyn defender to board after claiming he is not on the left – .


A staunch Labor supporter who called Boris Johnson a ‘bad job’ and defended Jeremy Corbyn against allegations of anti-Semitism has been appointed to Channel 4’s board, days after its chief executive argued that the broadcaster was not a left-wing organization.

Tess Alps has been named the channel’s non-executive director as she braces for a battle with the government over privatization.

Ms Alps, a Labor Party member, described Mr Johnson as ‘such a nasty job’ in an April 2016 tweet and opposed previous plans to end state ownership of Channel 4.

She also defended Mr Corbyn in 2019, when he was the leader of the Labor Party and the party was being investigated for anti-Semitism by the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (EHRC). .

The appointment comes days after Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon said The Sunday Telegraph: “I don’t think we are a left-wing organization. ”

Ms Alps defended Mr Corbyn on Twitter two years ago as he faced allegations of racism against Jews. She said: “I would be only too happy to change my mind if I saw the proper evidence. Being pro-Palestinian or anti-practice of the current Israeli government is not the same thing at all.

“I feel the pain of my many Jewish friends, some of whom have suffered shocking abuse, but…”

She then asked the user she was talking to on Twitter to message her so they could continue the conversation privately.

The EHRC subsequently “identified serious shortcomings in leadership and an inadequate process for handling complaints of anti-Semitism within the Labor Party”.

Ms Alps, former president of ThinkBox, the body for the television advertising industry, targeted Lord Grade and former Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson in a previous debate four years ago, when she congratulated its managing director at the time, David Abraham, for “having roasted …” the cynical about-faces of Grade and Johnson on the privatization of C4 “.

She also deleted a number of tweets on the social media platform.

His appointment was signed by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, but is likely to further fuel tensions between broadcasters and the Conservative Party.

Earlier this year, the BBC fell out with ministers over the appointment of Jess Brammar as editor-in-chief of its news channels following a number of deleted tweets in which she criticized the government and Brexit.

Meanwhile, ministers came under attack from the left over a proposal to install the former Daily mail editor Paul Dacre as chairman of Ofcom, the industry regulator. Mr Dacre withdrew from the race in November after months of criticism.

Ms Dorries is committed to tackling left-wing prejudices in the media, denouncing the BBC for having a “problem of impartiality” and describing it as “very leftist”.

Besides Ms Alps, Channel 4 also recruited the former Today program and Standard Evening Editor-in-chief Sarah Sands as a non-executive director alongside Dawn Airey, the former managing director of Channel 5, and David Kogan, the sports media rights adviser and Labor Party historian.

Ms Sands is likely to be seen by some as a pro-conservative voice. However, she oversaw a feud with the government in Today during which relations deteriorated to the point of being boycotted by ministers.

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