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The BBC is under threat from Boris Johnson's government, warn celebrities

May 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2021/01/17: General view of the Broadcasting House, BBC headquarters in Central London. (Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A group of 128 British authors, actors, editors and filmmakers have warned that "political and financial attacks" threaten the future of the BBC and other UK public service broadcasters.

London (CNN Business)A group of 128 British authors, actors, editors and filmmakers have warned that "political and financial attacks" threaten the future of the BBC and other UK public service broadcasters.

The public service broadcaster's primary source of revenue — annual fees every household must pay for watching live TV on any channel or platform — is under constant threat of being cut or scrapped by the government.

"It's clear that the BBC TV license fee has a limited shelf life in a digital media landscape," Julian Knight, the chair of a parliamentary committee reviewing public service broadcasting, said in a report published last month.

Though the UK media scene is defined in part by a freewheeling and often partisan tabloid press, its TV news channels largely frame their coverage down the middle, with broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV maintaining high levels of public trust.

"We believe that this is the moment — in an era of misinformation and the 'weaponised' politicization of news and opinion — to build up our Great British public service broadcasters rather than diminish them," the letter stated.

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