Commenting on the Culture Secretary’s announcement on the government’s review of BBC funding, Bectu manager Philippa Childs said:
‘Today the Culture Secretary told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that she will soon announce the review of the BBC’s funding model, which will include the appointment of a chairman’ independent”. However, during the same session, she made clear her support and preference for the abolition of the levy.
“It is not the impartial environment we need behind a review that could threaten the future of a proudly British institution that is respected and envied around the world. The BBC’s public service mission is to inform, entertain and educate and to do this it needs a stable funding model that puts creativity, world-class content and jobs at its heart.
“The Culture Secretary’s blatant support for scrapping licensing fees and forcing the BBC to compete directly with the streaming giants fundamentally ignores the BBC’s role in UK national life and jeopardizes services and benefits for the British economy that only the BBC provides. Freezing and later abolishing fees will require huge cuts – hitting jobs, regional economies and ultimately the content Brits know and love.
“It is imperative that the government approaches the review with the evidence, transparency and impartiality it demands and deserves. He owes a lot to the British public and the future of public service broadcasting.