Campaign By Letter
Writing a letter directly will aid the campaign to Save the BBC by putting pressure on decision makers. Try to always request a response or ask a question as this will be more likely to get attention.
Whilst we offer samples to help, please ensure each letter is individual and personal as they will be disregarded otherwise.
Please contact Save Our BBC with any additional material – all suggestions gratefully received!
Sample Letters sent in by Supporters
Contact the decision makers
Tony Hall – Director General, BBC
Lord Hall of Birkenhead
BBC Broadcasting House
Rona Fairhead – Chair, BBC Trust
BBC Trust Unit
180 Great Portland Street
Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP OBE, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport
Department for Culture, Media & Sport
100 Parliament Street
Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, Chair, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee
House of Commons
The Lord Best OBE, Chair, Communications Committee
House of Lords
MPs will generally only act on behalf of their constituents. To find the contact details of the MP who can represent you please use the link to UK Parliament.
I am writing to you because I am very concerned about the future of the BBC. My BBC consists of: ………………[radio channels & programmes], [television channels and programmes] and [services eg iPlayer, iRadio, BBC website]. I am part of the 95%+ of the UK population who use the BBC every week.
The BBC is a crucial part of the fabric of the UK. It makes huge contributions to the UK’s economy and drives its creative industries. It helps establish UK citizenship and the Common Good. It plays a major role in maintaining the UK’s international stature and influence. It is not only the maker of the UK’s broadcasting sector but the template against which the whole world’s broadcasting is judged. The BBC and our Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) ethos make the UK’s broadcasting undoubtedly the best in the world.
Any diminution of all this is truly perilous. We know from what has happened in other Commonwealth countries that once PSB is diluted it has catastrophic, irreversible consequences.
As a member of the BBC’s audience, a user of its services, a licence fee payer and a voter, I expect the BBC to survive and thrive. It must continue to be able to develop and adapt as new technologies arise.
Please assure me that you will [use your influence on the decision makers] / [play your part in the decision making] about the future of the BBC in its next Royal Charter and funding agreement, so that whatever Governance arrangements and resourcing are put in place, the BBC will be able to continue to deliver all its existing outputs and services, develop appropriate new ones and adapt to changing technologies. Please confirm what steps you are able to take.
OUR BBC’S FUTURE
I am writing to you because I am very concerned about the future of the BBC. My BBC consists of: ……………………[radio channels & programmes], …………………[television channels and programmes] and ……………………[services eg iPlayer, iRadio, BBC website]. I am part of the 95%+ of the UK population who use the BBC every week.
The BBC has been at the heart of the UK’s society for almost a century. It has made the UK broadcasting market what it is today. It is a shining example of the best in quality, variety and quantity to the rest of the world. Its independence is paramount, as is its ownership by the nation.
The two recent secret deals about the future of the Licence Fee in 2010 and 2015 have been political acts. The expediency of those deals in the context of the UK’s economic situation is recognised. However, those deals have been made without regard to or with the involvement of the Licence Fee payers, the owners, the stakeholders. The consequences of these ‘agreements’ have and will continue to have effects upon the BBC’s outputs and that has not been subject to public debate and democratic decisions.
As a member of the BBC’s audience, a user of its services, a licence fee payer and a voter, I want the BBC to survive and thrive. It must continue to be able to develop and adapt as new technologies arise.
Therefore, the forthcoming reviews of the BBC’s Royal Charter and rest of its funding must be conducted publicly and democratically with full involvement of and engagement with the Licence Fee payers, audiences and service users. I call on you to play your part in the decision making process [Members of the Government ie Cabinet and Ministers, BBC and BBC Trust]/ use your influence on the decision makers [delete as appropriate depending on who you are writing to: influencers include MPs, House of Parliament Committees and others] to ensure that whatever Governance arrangements and resourcing are put in place, the BBC will be able to continue to deliver all its existing outputs and services, develop appropriate new ones and adapt to changing technologies. The BBC must continue to inform, educate and entertain us in the complete way it does at present.