Save BBC TV, Radio and Online from cuts
To: Department for Culture, Media and Sports,
To: John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport,
I value BBC services and #BacktheBBC,
In response to your public consultation on the future of the BBC I would like :
- To continue the same universal BBC services providing a broad range of programmes for all - popular entertainment, education and news.
- An independent BBC, protected from politically motivated government interference.
- No cuts to any BBC services or funding - Online, TV or Radio.
Why are people supporting the BBC? What's going on?
- The Government is reviewing the future of the BBC.
- It has stated publicly several times in the past months it is considering cutting BBC TV, Radio and Online.
- One of the Government's proposals is the BBC should no longer be a universal service, i.e. offering something for all its different audiences. Less entertainment, less online content is mentioned.
- Any cuts will be on top of a new, yet to be implemented, £750 million cut to fund free TV licences for over the 75's.
- That new £750 million cut is what it costs to run BBC2, BBC Four & BBC local radio combined.It was imposed by the Government without public consultation in July 2015.
- The BBC has already had to cut costs by 40%, this new cut is another 20%. They've said some services will have to close to achieve this.
How come with all these cuts the TV licence fee stays the same?
- It's because the Government started using your BBC licence fee money for projects it used to fund itself - like free TV licences for the over 75s, BBC World Service, S4C, CityTV, Rural broadband rollout etc.
If you enjoy the BBC it's important you have your say about these proposals.
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Your response will feed straight into the Government's BBC consultation and will be sent by email to: BBCCharterReviewConsultation@culture.gov.uk .
Update 21.09.15: The Department for Culture, Media and Sports has confirmed to me in writing that each signature to this petition does count as a valid consultation submission and as such will be considered in the same way as all other public submissions. This is because I've read the rules and set this petition up so it sends a new email directly to the Government's consultation team each time a new signature is received. Not all BBC petitions do this; most other BBC petitions with 20,000 to 320,000 signatures aren't being counted as part of the public consultation because they email David Cameron or don't email the Government charter renewal consultation team for each new signature.
At the time of writing, 21/9/15, the Government has received only 28,000 responses to its public consultation on the future of the BBC. 1 in 20 of those are actually from this petition.
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