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UK Broadcasting Union passes motions to defend public service broadcasting

The UK’s largest broadcasting union has passed two motions to defend public service broadcasting, creative content and jobs.

The motions were passed by Bectu at a national conference on Sunday.

The conference noted that public service broadcasting in the UK was “under attack like never before” following government plans to privatize Channel 4 and cut BBC licensing fees.

The Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nadine Dorries, has also proposed a review of future funding for the BBC.

Bectu members include staff from the BBC, as well as TV, film, theater and live events industries.



Freezing and later abolishing BBC license fees will require huge cuts – hitting jobs, regional economies and ultimately the content Brits know and love.

Philippa Childs

The organisation’s head, Philippa Childs, called the government’s proposals an act of “cultural vandalism”.

“Bectu will not let these attacks go unchallenged,” she said.

“The freezing and later abolition of BBC license fees will require huge cuts – hitting jobs, regional economies and ultimately the content that Britons know and love.

“Privatization will be a blow to independent production and the thousands of jobs it creates.

“Viewing audiences will also suffer – under the current funding model, Channel 4 can champion risk and creativity, commissioning engaging and thought-provoking content for UK audiences.”

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