Think Tanks cannot voice opinions on the BBC without stating their funders
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Think Tanks cannot voice opinions on the BBC without stating their funders

    1. Richard Hector-Jones
    2. Petition by

      Richard Hector-Jones

      Manchester, United Kingdom

Every week Think Tank organisations such as The Tax Payers' Alliance, The Adam Smith Institute, The Centre for Policy Studies, The Policy Exchange and Civitas are granted national airtime on key BBC programmes to air their views on the current affairs of the day. These organisations do not simply just appear, they are paid for and funded by powerful individuals and organisations promoting their own financial and political interests. Often, as in the case of The Tax Payers' Alliance, they are happy to perpetuate an impression that they are grass roots organisations simply representing the tax-paying population of the UK. This is not the case.
Think Tanks - both on the left and right - should have the right to exist but in the name of transparency they should be obliged to state whose interests they exist to promote before being allowed airtime on the BBC. Only then can we the public make a judgement as to the veracity of their argument.

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Think Tanks cannot voice opinions on the BBC without stating their funders

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. The Today programme does it again... And again..

      Richard Hector-Jones
      Petition organiser

      Just heard The Adam Smith Institute on Radio 4 peddling their free market economy agenda without even being asked who they're representating. I expect better from John Humphreys, not a chummy laugh-a-long.

    3. Once again thank you

      Richard Hector-Jones
      Petition organiser

      539 signatures so far is amazing so thanks to everyone. People's comments are fairly uniform in their support of transparency of think tanks and the rationales are too - we have the to know who's paying to have their opinions 'pushed' through the media as if it were autonomous.
      Like most people here I have an enormous respect for the BBC and its reportage across both the UK and the world via the World Service. I just think that on this particular issue they should lead the way for the rest of the media to hopefully follow. Please keep sharing and signing. R x

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Thank you

      Richard Hector-Jones
      Petition organiser

      Thank you for signing this petition. 215 people in seven hours sounds good. Is it? Can I urge kindly you to share this page on your Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media page you have - if you feel comfortable doing so. We seem to be building up a head of steam here. if you don't feel comfortable promoting it then thank you for signing up anyway. It's valuable. It would be great to have enough support to take it to the Today programme and stop Think Tanks being seen as a representation of us or a section of society.

      We all pay taxes - yet have you ever been approached by the Tax Payers' Alliance for comment on policy? Thought not. I wonder why...

      By the way some people have asked why the BBC and not all media? The answer is partly that we should expect the highest standards from the Beeb and partly that they are more likely to care than more commercially minded channels. It would be good for the BBC to set the standard that the rest of the media felt obliged to follow. x

    6. Reached 200 signatures

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    • Sam Ellis NORTHCOTE, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      If the Beeb ain't trustworthy, who is?

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    • Anthony Gutteridge HAVANT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      I want to know who is funding lobbyists

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    • Penny redwood OTLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Because the right are always arguing that the BBC is too left wing - this is far from the truth in my view, and stating in whose interests they are acting and speaking would highlight this lie.

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    • Paul Knutson NORTHWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      David Cameron said it was important to him, and we trust Dave don't we.

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    • Lucy Smith HUDDERSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Transparency of all interested parties and who funds them is vital in a democratic society. If you believe in an accountable democracy then do this. Otherwise it appears that you are controlled by business and corporate interests yourself and can not be trusted. A sad day indeed for the BBC.

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