Love it or Lose it - Save the BBC
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1 July 2015
"We need to show we love the BBC. We need to fight to protect it, else we stand in danger of losing it."
That is what Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, told at the Parliamentary launch of the Love it or Lose it campaign.
The campaign has been set up to fight for a well-funded, well-managed corporation as it faces charter renewal and decisions are made on future funding and the licence fee.
Michelle Stanistreet said:
"What makes the BBC special? It may be your local radio station; the breadth of news and current affairs on TV, the radio or online whenever you want it; or the Proms; or that parental inward sigh of relief that often accompanies CBeebies.
"Others may prefer EastEnders, Natural World, hard-hitting dramas, the amazing World Service, comedy, sports coverage, or simply the innovation that is the iPlayer – we can all think of something we absolutely love about the BBC and would miss hugely if it wasn't there tomorrow.
"But the reality is that all of this is under threat. The year-on-year cuts and endless salami slicing since the last licence fee settlement have squarely compromised grassroots programming and journalism.
"We need to fight to protect the BBC. Without a meaningful rise in the licence fee, we may not have a BBC to fight for in five or 10 years' time. The status quo is not an option."
Now the White Paper has been published, the battle continues to fight:
- For a BBC independent of government.
- For a BBC that is fairly funded, without licence-fee payers' money going to non-BBC projects.
- Against privatisation of BBC production.
Read the NUJ's BBC info sheet: BBC facts and stats.
Read the NUJ's response to the government's White Paper: A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction.
Read the latest Love it or Lose it news.
The BBC caved in at the first hurdle by signing up to yet another behind-doors, shabby deal with the government.
John Whittingdale, the fromer culture secretary, told parliament the BBC had agreed to cover the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s. He said the changes would be phased in from 2018-19 with the corporation bearing the full cost by 2020-21. This could cost the equivalent of 20 per cent of the BBC's budget.
Andy Davey ©
Whovians invade the BBC: Time Lords, cyborgs and stars from Doctor Who demonstrate outside the BBC
How the deal was done Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian
Forcing the BBC to fund free TV licences for the over-75s from its licence fee revenue, as the government has announced it will do, is profoundly unconstitutional. Diana Coyle, fromer BBC Trust vice-chair.
Watch the #greatBBC's new film from Simon Curtis to find how some of Britain's best-known stars were influenced by the BBC.
Real Media's report sets out what is happening.
The union believes the new charter must be used to bring in much-needed reforms. The NUJ will be campaigning for a corporation which:
- invests in programming, not management layers;
- does not privatise production;
- maintains proper and transparent recruitment procedures;
- reflects the gender balance and diversity of its licence-fee payers, in front and behind the camera and microphone;
- includes proper regional news coverage;
- takes on board the recommendations of the Lords Communications Committee report on women in broadcasting news and current affairs.
How you can get involved
Use the hastag #LoveitorLoseitBBC
Visit the Facebook page.
You can make the Love it or Lose it campaign an item on your next branch meeting agenda. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a speaker. or get the NUJ Love it ot Lose it badges.
If you work at the BBC, use the campaign to recruit a colleague.
Sign Broadcast magazine's #BackingtheBBC pledge
Order our HANDS OFF STRICTLY postcards from email@example.com and send them to John Whittingdale.
You can download the three BBC cartoons to use as part of your campaign literature.
© Andy Davey
You can download the Don't let them destroy the BBC poster