Tuesday 14 July 2015

That letter

Well, here we go (h/t The Daily Telegraph)!...

The Prime Minister David Cameron
10 Downing Street
Dear Prime Minister, 
We have seen that the Government has pledged to modernise the licence fee, return funding that had been diverted to pay for broadband roll-out, and increase the licence fee in line with inflation in return for the BBC taking on the costs of Licence Fees for the over 75's. 
The Government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We are writing to place on record at the very start of the process our concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster. 
In our view, a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain. 
The BBC is a very precious institution. Like all organisations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good. 
Britain's creative economy is growing and enjoying unprecedented success. The BBC is at the heart of this as the global showcase for our creative industries. The BBC is trusted and loved at home by British audiences and is the envy of the world abroad. 
During the course of the Charter, we will continue to make the case for a strong BBC at the centre of British life and will be vocal in making the case for the BBC as it approaches its centenary. 
Yours Sincerely 
Clara Amfo
David Attenborough
Clare Balding
Melvyn Bragg
Brian Cox
Daniel Craig
Richard Curtis
Judi Dench
Chris Evans
Stephen Fry
Nick Grimshaw
Miranda Hart
Lenny Henry
Gary Lineker
Michael McIntyre
Steven Moffatt
Trevor Nelson
Annie Nightingale
Graham Norton
Jamie Oliver
Michael Palin
Adil Ray
JK Rowling
Mark Rylance
Simon Schama
David Walliams
Rachel Weisz
Claudia Winkleman
Reggie Yates 
Wonder which one of them actually wrote it? 

Given that she does everything else on behalf of the BBC at the moment, my money's on Clare Balding.

(P.S. Should "over 75's" have an apostrophe? Is that apostrophe Stephen Fry's doing?)

1 comment:

  1. About half rely on the BBC for the bulk of their income, and the rest are wet Leftoids who are more interested in fighting the enemies on the Right waiting to pounce than anything else.


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