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The Culture Secretary wants to impose further deep cuts on the BBC, then abolish its funding model entirely.
Nadine Dorries has announced that she will freeze the licence fee below inflation until 2024, creating a hole of over £2billion in the BBC’s finances.
Then, in 2027, she intends to abolish the licence fee altogether – a move that could limit access to our national public broadcaster and diminish the range and quality of its output. She has not suggested an alternative funding model.
The BBC’s public funding supports programmes and services with clear public benefit: 90% of us access them every week. No other UK broadcaster invests as much in original content, talent development and access to art and culture.
The Government’s plans threaten to cause lasting damage to the BBC and to UK culture at home and abroad.
We urge the Culture Secretary to:
One week into lockdown, the BBC launched the biggest educational programme in its recent history to ensure children across the UK had access to learning support.
Commissioning and producing original programmes; training and employing thousands of people; developing and platforming new talent through schemes like BBC Music Introducing, Writersroom and Young Musician. The BBC is the biggest arts broadcaster in the world, and the biggest single investor in the UK’s creative industries. We cannot afford to lose the benefits it brings.