A People’s BBC: Governed and run by the British public – Co-operative Party

A People’s BBC: Governed and run by the British public

An alien doctor who jets around time and space in a police box. Costume dramas centering on returning redcoats and formidable women. David Attenborough taking us to places we’d never imagined existed. Michael Fish telling us not to worry the night before the Great Storm, and waking up to Wogan - or Ball, Cox or Moyles on the Breakfast Show.

From Albert Square to Holby City you’ll find an outpouring of love for our BBC. Auntie Beeb has been there for us from childhood to adulthood, a British institution as cherished as the NHS. It’s part of who we are.

It’s ours.

Since our campaign started in 2015, the BBC has faced massive changes to its funding and structure. This has led to cutbacks and controversial decision making by the BBC Trust, such as the axing of free TV licenses to over 75s, without consultation with viewers and listeners. Our call is simple:

  • We as licence fee payers should have a say and a stake in the Corporation’s direction via the BBC Trust. It’s us, not ministers or opaque committees who should determine its future.
    We need a BBC that is accountable to the people who pay for it, and which is independent of politicians and political interference.

    Licence-fee payers should be made individual members of the BBC Trust, and treated as such, with greater say over how it is run and the service it provides.

If you’re with us, and would like to be part of it as the campaign takes shape, sign up, and we’ll keep you updated.

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