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Broadcasting union slams BBC funding review led by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries

The UK’s largest broadcasting union has passed two motions to defend public service broadcasting, creative content and jobs. The motions were passed by Bectu at a national conference on Sunday June 12.

The conference noted that public service broadcasting in the UK was “under attack like never before” following government plans to privatize Channel 4 and cut BBC licensing fees. Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid Bedfordshire and Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, also proposed a review of future funding for the BBC.

Bectu members include staff from the BBC, as well as TV, film, theater and live events industries. The organisation’s head, Philippa Childs, called the government’s proposals an act of “cultural vandalism”.

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“Bectu will not let these attacks go unchallenged,” she said. “The freezing and later abolition of BBC license fees will require huge cuts – hitting jobs, regional economies and ultimately the content that Britons know and love.

“Privatization will be a blow to independent production and the thousands of jobs it creates. Viewing audiences will also suffer – under the current funding model, Channel 4 can champion risk and creativity, commissioning boundary-pushing and thought-provoking content for UK audiences to enjoy.

The National Prospect Conference takes place from Sunday June 12 to Tuesday June 14 at the Bournemouth International Centre.

On the decision to change the BBC’s funding model, Nadine Dorries told The Spectator in April: “We are going to announce very soon that we are going to look very seriously at how we fund the BBC. We are ready to introduce a new way of financing the BBC.

“We are going to look at how Ofcom will hold the BBC to account and then very soon after we will announce further measures that we are going to put in place to start looking at how the BBC will be funded in the future. that we are well in time to put this in place for the renewal of the Charter. »