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Murdoch or BBC ?

Rachel Oliver

Murdoch or BBC ?

Post by Rachel Oliver on 1st October 2015, 14:14

Have your say on the future of our BBC

Government plans [1] to rip out the heart of the BBC are taking shape. Imagine a BBC where newsnight is riddled with adverts. Or a BBC so underfunded that independent news becomes a thing of the past and the airwaves are dominated by Rupert Murdoch’s media. This is what the Government wants [2] – we need to stop them.

If we’re going to stop these plans we can’t rely on newspapers or TV channels owned by Murdoch and other media moguls. Instead, we’re going to have to use people-power to show the government that we won’t stand for them destroying our independent BBC.

Just before the summer break, the government snuck out a ‘public consultation’ on the future of the BBC. It’s full of gobbledegook questions [3] – they were obviously hoping that nobody would respond! So the 38 Degrees staff team has ‘translated’ the questions into plain English, and the time’s come to make sure they hear our voices.

It takes a few minutes to fill in the survey. Without our voices, the government can claim that people don’t care about the future of the BBC, opening the doors to Murdoch. So can you add your voice and stand up for the BBC?

Click here [4] to respond to the government’s survey

From BBC News, to the Proms, Panorama and Blue Peter, the BBC’s broadcasts are one of a kind. Having no adverts on the BBC means we can be sure big corporations aren’t interfering in what’s reported. But if the BBC is weakened, it’ll be easier for Rupert Murdoch to dominate the news and push his agenda for making maximum profit.

The more power Murdoch has, the easier it’ll be for him to make politicians dance to his tune. That’s a huge threat to democracy and people-power. But unless we speak up to protect the BBC, it looks like Murdoch could be about to get exactly what he wants.

So can you take a few minutes to add your voice [5]? You can skip any questions you don’t want to answer, and there are some tips on the page to help you.






The government survey on the future of our BBC closes next week. David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch are trying to build support for their plans to cut the BBC. They want to open up space for more biased, right-wing, corporate news. We've got one week left to stop them!

So far nearly 70,000 38 Degrees members have sent in a survey response. Can you help get us past 100,000 before the deadline next Thursday? Every message of support for public service broadcasting makes it harder for Murdoch and Cameron to destroy the BBC.

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Re: Murdoch or BBC ?

Post by Kitkat on 2nd October 2015, 17:00

This campaign is just pointless.  It will achieve nothing.  annoyed

As far as I'm concerned, the Beeb ended with the closure of Television Centre.  A major part of my life closed with it.  End of an era ... I really don't care what happens now.  Even the precious memories are being stolen away, bit by bit ...  My first ever job as a young teenager was in Television Centre.  I spent 2 very happy and exciting years there (in the 70's) in the Drama Scripts Department - 7th Floor (roof) of the Spur section - sharing my days with all the heroes of my teens.  Now when I have occasion to pass there and see what they have done and hear what they further intend doing with the whole complex, my heart sinks down to my stomach.  Whatever about the stars and the performers, anyone that ever worked in that iconic building can understand - a special, unique experience never to be replicated anywhere else, ever.  Sad

'It was the dream factory, the symbolic home of British television - iconic, eccentric, more than just a building. After 53 years Television Centre, the BBC's TV headquarters, is closing its doors. Host Michael Grade gathers together many of its best-loved faces as they stroll down memory lane for the very last time.'
Part of the evening of programs shown on BBC 4 in March 2013.
Published on 16 Mar 2015
** Edited out muhammad ali Interview due to copyright claim by BBC **

A final visit to BBC Television Centre on Wood Lane in west London, before it closes for good. This nostalgic reunion of retired TV News staff was organised by Bob Prabhu. Eighty or more cheerful souls mingled and chatted about the good times with "Auntie"! Stories of colleagues and events from over 40 years of newsgathering in the "Spur" at TV Centre were remembered wuth much fondness. .

An unreliable and wholly unofficial history of BBC Television Centre...

...with grateful thanks to several current and ex BBC staffers who have passed some fascinating documents and other information to me.

Roger Bunce - April 2013

BBC to spend £3million a year... renting back Television Centre it's just left

  • Corporation has admitted it will lease back 'a significant' part of former home
  • Critics say TV Centre was sold to pay for series of other property 'blunders'
  • One BBC star said: 'It is insane'

    Current date/time is 17th March 2018, 14:45