J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig Defend BBC from Right-wing Attacks

J.K. Rowling

LONDON — A host of British showbiz stars — including J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz — have come to the defense of publicly-owned broadcaster the BBC as it struggles to defend itself from attacks from the right-wing Conservative Party government.

In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the two dozen or so celebrities from the world of film and television wrote: “In our view, a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain.”

They added: “The BBC is a very precious organization. Like all organizations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good.”

In the letter, they express their “concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster.”

Among the other stars to put their names to the letter are actor Mark Rylance, who starred in “Wolf Hall” and leads the cast of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “The BFG,” Steven Moffatt, the co-creator of “Sherlock” and exec producer of “Doctor Who,” Richard Curtis, whose credits include “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually,” TV chef Jamie Oliver, nature show producer and presenter David Attenborough, and “Monty Python” star and documentary presenter Michael Palin.

The full letter, which was published on the Daily Telegraph website, reads:

Dear Prime Minister,
We have seen that the government has pledged to modernize the licence fee, return funding that had been diverted to pay for broadband roll-out, and increase the license fee in line with inflation in return for the BBC taking on the costs of license fees for the over 75s.

The government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We are writing to place on record at the very start of the process our concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster.

In our view, a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain.

The BBC is a very precious institution. Like all organisations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good.

Britain’s creative economy is growing and enjoying unprecedented success. The BBC is at the heart of this as the global showcase for our creative industries. The BBC is trusted and loved at home by British audiences and is the envy of the world abroad.

During the course of the Charter, we will continue to make the case for a strong BBC at the center of British life and will be vocal in making the case for the BBC as it approaches its centenary.

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  1. Max, London says:

    This is terrible reporting. 1. In no way could the British government be described as right-wing, that’s simply laughable. 2. Having worked there, the BBC is an overstaffed, monolithic corporation that demands approx $200 from every household in the UK to fund a a monopoly of multiple TV, Radio and online channels. It does not provide value for money and criminalises anyone who can’t or won’t pay the license fee. In the age of YouTube, Netflix, Streaming and VOD it’s an outdated Orwellian instruction (it’s no coincidence that Orwell wrote 1984 while working in admin at the BBC).

  2. Iyan says:

    Since when was this a right-wing thing? I’m seeing tons of people attacking the BBC.

    • BillUSA says:

      You know those artsy types, all in the same bed to crush conservatism in the name of being able to depict the wonton side of the imaginary lives of imaginary characters. I like the old movies where a bad guy gets shot and he drops to the ground. That’s it – no need to see a bullet rip through a part of his body. Same thing with sex scenes. The old days. man kisses woman and fade out. We all know what happens. The writing today is lazy and unintelligent. Not all mind you, I mean those films which are overly-graphic.

      But if there is the slightest hint of any sort of control, the lefties lose their minds. Their freedom is being attacked, therefore it must be the righties who want us to go down in flames. Stupid, stupid, stupid. But then we are talking about the arts.

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