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Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, BBC
Democratise the BBC
For generations, the BBC's News and political programming has served as a mouthpiece for successive British governments. This has been possible as it is Ministers who determine the rate of the licence fee, approve any changes to the charter and select their preferred candidates for the BBC Board. This has eroded creativity in entertainment, as well as journalistic freedom. Moreover, this has led to political bias and has further undermined trust in the BBC. As a public service broadcaster, the BBC is funded principally by an annual TV licence fee which is charged to all British households and organisations receiving BBC broadcasts. Yet, the licence fee payer has little to no influence over the governance of the BBC which, by Royal Charter operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. We want to see government influence over the BBC brought to an end and democratisation of the broadcaster brought in. Those who fund the BBC — the licence fee payers — should rightfully determine who sits on the Board. The BBC already has a sign-in requirement for digital users, so digital democratic accountability could be achieved at little cost.
Petition to Theresa May MP
Introduce BBC Pay Cap at £100k
Following the announcement of BBC presenter wages it is clear that far too many people at the BBC are earning extortionate salaries. Salaries which you, the British taxpayer, are forced to pay through your TV licence. £15,000 a night for Gary Lineker's hotels? £2.2m a year for Chris Evans? £450k for Claudia Winkleman? This is money which could be better spent through a tax and used in struggling front-line services such as the NHS, fire departments or schools. Women at the BBC should be paid the same as the men, though this should not be achieved through pay increases. A pay cap should be introduced to reduce the astronomical wages that ALL BBC staff are on and to align pay across genders. At the same time as a cap is introduced, a thorough review should be conducted into spending, wages of all employees at the BBC, and the appropriate cost the public should pay for their TV licence. This is your money, they are stealing it. Take back some control.