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Save the BBC: Help show the Alternative

The union campaign to save the BBC is gathering pace as the Corporation’s charter renewal draws closer. The petition has gathered close to 25,000 signatures from across the UK demonstrating just how vital the BBC is to our cultural life.

The government’s Green Paper on the future of the BBC makes clear the intention to cut the size and scope of the corporation, saddling it with the cost of free licence fees for the over-75s and even questioning whether the BBC should be allowed to make popular entertainment such as Strictly Come Dancing.

The Federation of Entertainment Unions (comprising Equity, Musicians Union, BECTU, NUJ, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Professional Footballers Association & Unite) are launching an Alternative White Paper for the future of the BBC, to highlight the disastrous impacts of proposed funding cuts to the BBC and the possible privatisation of programme supply.

The Alternative White Paper is aimed at the government, the BBC and opinion makers. It is a positive response to the debate on the future of the corporation and the UK’s cultural industry. The FEU recognise the BBC doesn’t have a perfect record either as an employer or as a broadcaster so the Alternative White Paper also proposes a series of reforms which we believe will strengthen the BBC to better serve licence fee payers.

The charter renewal is an opportunity to refresh and reassert the values of impartiality and independence that make the BBC great. We cannot stand by and allow the BBC to be cut back to the point where this vital public service no longer leads our creative industries.

Can you join us in London to launch the Alternative White Paper?

Please book your free ticket for the launch event. We really need you to help us to fill the room. Confirmed speakers include Maria Eagle MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport), Damian Green MP (Chair of the BBC APPG), Lord Fowler and Hywel Williams MP with more names due to be added. Book a place here.

Can you get your MP involved?

If you can attend the launch on Tuesday 15 March please also invite your constituency MP to come with you. You can find out who your MP is and email them at www.theyworkforyou.com

If you can’t come to London for the launch but would like to show your support, it’ll be just as valuable. Please do email your MP. Tell them your concerns, and ask them to come along. You can find a suggested draft letter here, but please phrase it in your own words otherwise your MP may not accept it. Write to your MP at www.theyworkforyou.com

Join us in London or online

The UK loves its BBC and we cannot afford to lose it. In the words of Idris Elba:

“The BBC continues to support established actors, writers, directors and all members of our profession, whilst investing in and growing the new talent that represents the future of our industry. The BBC needs to remain – and as it is.”

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 15 March for the next stage of the campaign. Do like the campaign on Facebook , or keep in touch with the BBC: Love It Or Lose It campaign on Tumblr at www.bbcloveitorloseit.tumblr.com

And please keep on sharing the petition and getting your friends and colleagues to join the campaign too.

10 Mar 16

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