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Hands off Our BBC

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5 March 2020

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said the latest 500 job cuts at the BBC, as the corporation faces an ideological attack from the heart of government, amount to an existential threat:

“The BBC’s very existence is being threatened with public service broadcasting under unprecedented threat. If the government goes ahead and decriminalises non-payment of the licence fee, we know the impact will be further losses for the BBC of around £200m a year and increased collection costs of £45m.
"Such a politically motivated move – dressed up as concern for the mythical imprisonment of vulnerable members of society – will serve to undermine one of the UK’s strongest success stories, emasculating a brand renowned and respected across the globe.”

The union needs to act now. Please say no to changes to the BBC licence. You can find out more on the inquiry on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport website. The consultation deadline is 17.00, Wednesday 1 April.

Nine in of ten of us watch, listen, read or use the BBC’s many services. For £3 a week or £13 a month, the BBC provides nine national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations plus dedicated nations radio services, advert-free children’s programmes and award-winning drama. Its local, national and international news are among the most trusted for accurate reporting.

The BBC is responsible for 42 per cent of all investment in original UK TV content. It is free from shareholder pressure, advertiser influence and the chase for ratings. The BBC is a major driver of the creative industries which contributed £111.7 billion to the UK in 2018, equivalent to £306 million every day.  The BBC generates £2 in economic value for every £1 of the licence fee it receives. Find out more on our BBC stats & fact sheet.

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