Channel 4 launches audacious bid to steal Queen's Christmas speech from BBC after royal rows

Channel 4 launches audacious bid to steal Queen’s Christmas speech from BBC after royal rows

CHANNEL 4 has entered the race to air the Queen’s Christmas Day speech.

The broadcaster’s application comes in the wake of the Royal Family falling out with the BBC.

Channel 4 launches audacious bid to steal Queen’s Christmas speech from BBC after royal rows

Amid rows between the BBC and the Royal Family, Channel 4 hopes to steal the Queen's Christmas Day speech from the broadcaster Credit: Getty – Pool

An insider said: “This is a bold and unprecedented move from Channel 4.

“But they are a public broadcaster, too, and don’t have any axes to grind. Bosses are continually looking to expand the broadcaster’s remit and give viewers fresh and unexpected programming.

“They’ve made it clear they would like to film the speech this year — especially if the Royals punish the Beeb and withdraw their rights, although that does seem unlikely. But the Royal family have shown they have backbone and won’t stand for much more nonsense.

“Channel 4 would definitely love to show the Queen’s speech this year should the BBC be punished again.”

But the channel has controversially recorded its own alternative Christmas message since 1993.

Last year it received more than 200 Ofcom complaints for airing a so-called deep-fake of the Queen dancing on her desk and sharing her thoughts on Megxit.

It is unknown if it has already produced an alternative message this year. But it is thought C4 will not broadcast it if it gets the rights to the official speech.

It comes after Amol Rajan’s BBC documentary The Princes and the Press suggested William’s aides were briefing against Harry and Meghan. Buckingham Palace dismissed the claims as unfounded.

The BBC first aired the Christmas speech in 1932 when King George V addressed the nation via radio from Sandringham, Norfolk.

The speech was televised for the first time when it was given by the Queen in 1957.

Royal photographer Arthur Edwards remembers moments he met The Queen

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