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I have sent this to my MP 
21st-Jul-2010 01:43 am
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Dear Mr Lansley,

I'm writing to express my concern about the recent comments by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, to the effect that the funding of the BBC is likely to be reduced substantially from 2012.

I feel that the BBC is a key element in the make-up of British culture, and I oppose any measure which would threaten to damage its contribution. I worry that making cuts to its supply of income would endanger its ability to produce the wide variety of original content that is currently on offer, in particular Radio 4 which is entirely unlike any other radio station produced by any commercial organisation in the world. The BBC is able to prioritise programme quality, so that a deserving programme can survive even if it is appreciated by only a small proportion of viewers. Commercial broadcasters can only put their advertisers first, and while that may mean they attract large audiences, they do so by producing cheap, lowest-common-denominator programs of little aesthetic or intellectual value.

It has become clear to me that the majority of the pressure against the license fee owes its origin to a few large media corporations in competition with the BBC, and it horrifies me that the government would take such commercial interests at face value instead of protecting the nation's ordinary listeners and viewers such as myself.

I therefore ask that you would please:
1. Raise my concerns with Jeremy Hunt, and tell him that your voters do not support the proposal of cuts forced on the BBC
2. Tell me what you, as my MP, plan to do to stand up for the BBC and protect the valuable services it provides.

Regards,
Comments 
2nd-Aug-2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
What do you think should happen to the BBC's terrestrial commercial rivals? The status quo is basically a death sentence for most of them.

Maybe you're okay with that, Channel 5 has never done anything useful in its whole existence, and ITV hasn't done anything worthwhile for many years. It would seem a shame to lose Channel 4 - they were the only terrestrial channel to show Babylon 5 or Stargate.

On reflection a solution where we drag the BBC down to the level of Channel 5 for the sake of fairness does seem like the worst possible answer.

Still, I reckon any organisation that hasn't faced cuts for many years can take 5% out of its budget by just stopping doing stupid things - we've taken at least that much out of Transformer's budget by finding better ways of doing things - so I wouldn't object to Jeremy Hunt taking a sum like that off the licence fee.
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