Cabinet minister Nadine Dorries has claimed that Channel 4 faked a reality TV show she appeared on by hiring actors to play poverty-stricken folks on a housing property.
The tradition secretary appeared on the reality documentary programme Tower Block of Commons through which she briefly lived on an property in London’s south Acton neighbourhood.
“I discovered later, they were actually actors,” Ms Dorries instructed a committee of MPs on Thursday, referring to the residents she lived alongside.
“The parents of the boys in that programme actually came here to have lunch with me, and contacted me to tell me, actually, they were in acting school, and that they weren’t really living in a flat, and they weren’t real,” the minister mentioned.
She added: “And even, if you remember, there’s a pharmacist or somebody that I went to see who prepared food – she was also a paid actress as well.”
Channel 4 didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the claims made by Ms Dorries, who was grilled by MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) choose committee about plans to privatise the channel.
Asked what she thinks about Channel 4 News, Ms Dorries mentioned she “gets on really well” with presenter Cathy Newman and had been requested on a lot of occasions within the final two weeks.
But in an obvious reference to experiences that ex-anchor Jon Snow shouted “F*** the Tories” 5 years in the past, she mentioned: “I have been on Channel 4 News a number of times. It is edgy.
“I am not going to justify a news programme whose anchor went out shouting obscenities about the Conservative Party.”
Ms Dorries added: “So they didn’t do themselves any favours sometimes on the news programme and I think that is probably as much as I want to say about that.”
The tradition secretary additionally admitted that she shares her Netflix password with 4 different households throughout her look on the committee.
“My mum has access to my account, the kids do. I have Netflix but there are four other people who can use my Netflix account in different parts of the country,” she instructed MPs.
Laughing, Ms Dorries added: “Am I not supposed to do that?”
Last month, Netflix suffered its first subscriber loss in additional than a decade, inflicting its shares to plunge 25 per cent in prolonged buying and selling.
Ms Dorries mentioned a possible transfer by Netflix into promoting, versus subscription alone, would additional negatively affect public service broadcasters resembling Channel 4.
“I think for people to even try and paint a picture that Netflix is unsuccessful or struggling is probably slightly over-egging the pudding,” mentioned Ms Dorries.
She added: “Netflix has done what many businesses do. It has reached the point of market saturation … and they will probably revise it in a way that will make it much more difficult for public service broadcasters who rely on advertising revenue.”
Ms Dorries additionally confirmed the review of the BBC’s funding mannequin and the way forward for the licence payment will start “considerably before the summer recess”.