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Don't let them destroy the BBC
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Armando Iannucci, the award winning writer behind 'The Thick of It' and 'Veep' has attacked government ministers for trying to kill off the BBC and called on people to defend it against politicians and Rupert Murdoch. In a speech entitled 'We're all in this together' at the 40th annual James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture on 26 August, he said it would be "bad capitalism" to diminish the national broadcaster and said the debate about the BBC's future had been poisoned by the newspaper industry. "If the BBC were a weapons system, half the cabinet would be on a plane to Saudi Arabia to tell them how brilliant it was" he told the Edinburgh audience.
  Speaking the following day at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister called for the BBC to be reorganised around a federal structure, with more money and new TV and radio services for Scotland, as part of its charter renewal. In a fresh call for decentralisation she called for a new federal structure of BBC boards for Scotland, Wales Northern Ireland and England under a UK board of trustees.
  With the successful parliamentary launch in June of the broadcasting unions 'Love it or Lose it' campaign, the fight for the future of the BBC is well underway. Yet before public consultations began on Charter Renewal, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale told the House of Commons that the corporation had agreed to fully fund free TV licences for over-75s from 2020/21 at an estimated cost of £650m a year, while Tony Hall has warned that over 30,000 jobs could be lost if BBC funding is cut through reducing the licence fee (Guardian, 25 August 2015). That's why we need a wide ranging campaign to protect the BBC and safeguard the future of public service broadcasting.

What you can do

# Sign BECTU's Love It Or Lose It petition
# Sign the 38 Degrees petition
# Open Democracy's Our Beeb section
# The Independent: Osborne's assault on the BBC is doing Murdoch's dirty work
# The Independent: Rupert Murdoch's private meeting with George Osborne: The mogul always likes to back a winner
# Download Autumn bulletin from 'Voice of the Listener & Viewer'
# Write to your MP
# Visit the Campaign Facebook page
# Learn more on the NUJ website
# Download the CPBF response to the DCMS consultation on Charter Renewal
And, of course, read the stories on this page.

URGENT: Tweet your MP - BBC charter needs significant amendments

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The new draft BBC charter is being discussed in Parliament TOMORROW Oct 18th so pleasetweet your MPs NOWand get them turn up to the debate and speak out to protect the independence and public service nature of the BBC.

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CPBF says that draft Charter opens the way to privatisation of public service broadcasting by stealth

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The Draft Royal Charter announced today (15 September) in Parliament, will diminish the role of the BBC as a public service broadcaster, undermine its production base and weaken its position as the provider of diverse, challenging, and high quality programming.

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Hall calls off merger of news services but BBC Monitoring face big cuts

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After a campaign run by the media unions and others, the BBC has announced that its News Channel and World News will remain as separate channels. The news was welcomed by the NUJ who had argued that the two offered very different services and were important and popular in their own right.

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Culture, Media and Sport Committee Report on BBC a ‘missed opportunity' says the CPBF.

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The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) believes that the recommendations in today’s report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee (CMS) on the BBC White Paper fail to point out the dangers in the Government's White Paper.

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