Save Our BBC!
CALL TO ARMS! SAVE OUR BBC
Independent campaign for users of the BBC
Personal Message of Endorsement
for BBC From Mark Rylance
Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson MP kindly paid tribute to Save Our BBC in House of Commons debate on 18th October here
House of Lords Debate about NEW BBC CHARTER on 12th October 2016 here
DCMS published the draft new Charter & Agreement for the BBC’s future on 15 September 2016 which is all here
“THE PUBLIC & THE BBC; WHAT ROLE IN OVERSIGHT & GOVERNANCE?”
Independent Inquiry published 1st September 2016
major finding, conclusions and recommendations see report here
- BBC Three off terrestrial tv
- Open Golf tv coverage lost
- Reduced factual number of specialist commissioners.
- More repeats
- Severe cutbacks in local radio already
- Nearly lost Asian Network
- Nearly lost BBC 6 Music
Tip of the iceberg…
…compared to what could come from 2016 Charter & Licence Fee Renewals:
- Radio 1 & Radio 2 to be sold off
- BBC Three sold off
- BBC website to be decimated
- More cutbacks in local radio
- Much less sports coverage
- BBC Four closed or just online
- Licence fee abolished and remnants of BBC to be funded by advertising and/or subscription
- More repeats
- Less specialist programmes
- Reduced frequency and volume of popular entertainment programmes
Is this what we want?
To campaign to save our BBC we need to keep track of developments, inform you the audience and BBC service users because no one else will and harness all of us to fight to ensure the BBC survives and thrives.
This has and is taking a lot of time, effort and energy. We’ve set this up with a lot of voluntary effort and we’re fiercely not-for-profit. But we do need technical and staff resources for two years to see this through. We need a large volume of support to show the decision-makers that they damage Our BBC at their peril. We ask a small one off contribution to show everyone our commitment and strength in numbers.
We promise to work steadfastly on your behalf and keep you fully informed of the ideas and threats and all our activities and to give you lots of opportunities to have your say in things.
We all have our own BBC – the programmes and services we use and love. We take them for granted. They are fixtures; aren’t they? Well, NO! The BBC is under great threat. Powerful people want to demolish it, dumb it down, sell it off, reduce its programmes, do less and be less independent. It will be lost unless we do something about it NOW.
- Do we want and value ‘our BBC’? Of course! It’s been a key part of our lives since 1922. Do we want it still to be there for ourselves, our children and grandchildren?
- Are we going to make our voices heard? Do we want the BBC to remain fully independent and owned by us, the licence fee payers and not become a Government department or agency, or commercial subsidiary?
- Will we pay a fair price for greater efficiency in providing us with the existing and new programmes and services?
- Do we want the BBC to continue to develop and adapt to technological advances?
- 96% of us (UK adults) use the BBC every week for things we value and love; do we want to keep that?
If we want some or all of the above we have to say so loud and clear – NOW! Support the Save Our BBC campaign to make your voice heard.
Save Our BBC is our campaign to ensure the decision makers know what we, the audience, want and that they fail to deliver it at their peril. We need evidence of people’s views. Joining this campaign voluntarily will show that you have an opinion and the greater the numbers that join, the more influence your voice will have. The organisers of the campaign have no particular axe to grind, we just want to ensure your views are heard.
The BBC Royal Charter and Licence Fee will be renewed in 2016. The debate has started and decisions will be made after the General Election on 7 May 2015.
Our aims are:
- To see the BBC survive and thrive
- To see the contribution to UK citizenship by the BBC recognised
- To ensure the BBC is recognised as cultural, contributing to our civil society and not ‘just a consumable’
- For the maintenance and development of the BBC’s media content, production, broadcast and online services in its forthcoming Royal Charter & Licence Fee Reviews.
UK TV licence fee significantly lower than Germany (£174) and Sweden (£184), via @ofcom international comms report: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/cmr/cmr15/icmr15/icmr_3.pdf
Jon Snow: ‘I would defend the BBC to the death’; and Corbyn critics ‘experiencing fear’ http://gu.com/p/4f27a?CMP=twt_a-media_b-gdnmedia