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BBC Under Threat – the Minister’s reply

August 19th, 2010 by

Tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members emailed their MPs after the Conservative Minister, Jeremy Hunt, launched an attack on the BBC by announcing plans to cut the licence fee in 2012.

38 Degrees members have been adding their MPs’ replies to this page on our website, and we’ve now got replies from most MPs. Quite a few MPs have also sent their constituents a reply they received from the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, after writing to him about the BBC.

Here’s the letter the Minister, Ed Vaizey has been sending to MPs:

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  • C.A.T.

    The reply I got from Jeremy Hunt is virtually the same as the one above with just a few words changed , it seems to me that it is just another generic response from an uncaring Conservative Governmentand we should continue to gather support on the matter.

  • bsutcliffe

    I got a letter from my MP (Richard Benyon, Con, DEFRA) in response to the email campaign:

    “I am a strong believe in public service broadcasting and believe the BBC is both a great national cultural asset and a great British cultural export” … “however, I also believe that the BBC can and should be doing more to ensure value for money for the taxpayer.” He mainly seems to want greater transparency and better governance. He doesn't say that he wants privatisation or something similar, rather that “the lack of transparency surrounding pay for top executives” needs to be addressed, and “that in the long term the BBC's governance structures need reforming. The Government is not convinced that, in the long-term, the current BBC Trust represents the best model.”

  • bsutcliffe

    I got a letter from my MP (Richard Benyon, Con, DEFRA) in response to the email campaign:

    “I am a strong believe in public service broadcasting and believe the BBC is both a great national cultural asset and a great British cultural export” … “however, I also believe that the BBC can and should be doing more to ensure value for money for the taxpayer.” He mainly seems to want greater transparency and better governance. He doesn't say that he wants privatisation or something similar, rather that “the lack of transparency surrounding pay for top executives” needs to be addressed, and “that in the long term the BBC's governance structures need reforming. The Government is not convinced that, in the long-term, the current BBC Trust represents the best model.”