Letter to the BBC
Woman writes open letter accusing the BBC of breaching the Royal Charter. No more Licence Fee!
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Read below the Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
28th July, 2020.
The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,
100 Parliament Street
Dear Mr. Dowden,
In December 2016, the BBC entered into another Royal Charter together with a Framework Agreement of same date. This further Royal Charter and Framework Agreement stipulated that the BBC should be continued until the period ending 31st December, 2027 (“the Documents”).
It is stated in these documents that ‘the objects, constitution, organisation and regulation of the BBC should be reformed so as to enable the BBC still better to serve the interests of Our People’.
The duties of the BBC as reflected in the documents are: ‘the fulfilment of its Mission and the promotion of the Public Purposes.’
The Mission is to act in the public interest, serving all audiences, which is to inform, educate and entertain.
The Public Purpose is
- To provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them.
- To support learning for people of all ages.
- To show the most creative, highest quality and distinctive output and services.
- To reflect, represent and serve the diverse communities of all the United Kingdom’s nations and regions and, in doing so, support the creative economy across the United Kingdom.
- To reflect the United Kingdom, its culture and values to the world.
Any other ‘activities’ outside of the above, such as non-service activities, commercial activities may be carried out by the BBC but MUST fulfil the Mission and promote one or more of the Public Purposes.
We submit that the BBC is in breach of its duties to the Public as set out in the Royal Charter and Framework Agreement in the following manner.
It has failed in its duty to provide impartial news and information.
- It has allowed itself to be put in a position where its duties and interests conflict.
- It has failed to act in the public interest by serving all audiences.
- It has not reasonably and properly reflected the UK, its culture and values but the values and world view of a minority element of the UK in the form of a metropolitan liberal element with a separate world view not shared by the majority. It is a conduit for pervasive and institutional liberal left-wing bias.
- It has failed to make necessary economies in the BBC with regards to salaries.
- MPs were allowed for many years to claim the licence fee in their expenses from public taxes. This has now ceased. The BBC has a significant pension liability of some £530m.
Perhaps this is why over 75’s must now pay a ‘TV licence’ to reduce this deficit?
We attach our findings that support our argument and we, the Public, believe that by their conduct, the BBC are estopped from claiming their ‘licence fee’ from the general public.
Lord Burns, Chairman Ofcom
Sir David Clementi, Chairman BBC
The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson, MP
The Rt Hon Dominic Raab, MP, Foreign Secretary
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