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The Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) has put out a statement deeply regretting “that the Trust, having consulted widely, has chosen to ignore the results of that consultation. We believe that facts should have a greater role in a decision than what the Trust terms ‘intuitive force’; and the facts are that much of the audience will be lost by this move.”
Monday 23 November saw Time Lords, cyborgs and stars from Dr Who join together under the 'Love it or Lose it' banner to offer their support to the BBC. Peter Davison, former Doctor Who, joined fellow actors Bertie Carvel and Sophie Aldred, Whovians in costume,June Hudson, the woman responsible for Tom Baker's iconic scarf, andmembers of the NUJ, Bectu, Equity, Musicians' Union and Writers' Guild all gathered outside the BBC's headquarters in London.
While the ability of pro-Conservative newspapers to manipulate and often dictate the news agenda far outweighed the political impact of a burgeoning online discourse during the 2015 general election, there was no doubt that the power and reach of social media did have a profound effect on the conduct of the campaign. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and host of other inter-active services became the top destination for instant news and comment.
The BBC's political independence has been gradually eroded, according to the corporation's director general. In a speech to business leaders today, Tony Hall will urge changes to the way the broadcaster is regulated. He wants licence fee payers to have a greater say than politicians. Lord Hall says there has been a “major change" over the past 20 years which has made the foundations of the BBC's independence “weaker". The government has yet to comment.