The Culture Secretary announced the new licence fee agreement will be the last and will be abolished in 2027. Following her comments, multiple presenters and stars pledged their support for the BBC. Gary Lineker claimed the BBC should be regarded as a national treasurer, amid fears the broadcaster will need to make cuts.
He said: “It should be the most treasured of National treasures.
“Something true patriots of our country should be proud of.
“It should never be a voice for those in government whoever is in power.”
Armando Iannucci, the creator of The Thick of It, also challenged the Culture Secretary’s comments.
He said: “If you really think your government can win back the public by tossing out a panicky weekend threat to the BBC, then you under-estimate the level of support, admiration and respect the public has for it.”
Comedian, Nish Kumar also defended the organisation and labelled the Government “as a pack of p****d up culture vandals”.
He added: “I know that it feels like absolutely everyone hates the BBC right now, and there are good reasons for that, but ending the license fee is bad news.”
Hugh Grant also said: “The BBC is something the whole world admires with envy.
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She told The Mail on Sunday: “There will be a lot of anguished noises about how it will hit popular programmes, but they can learn to cut waste like any other business.
“This will be the last BBC licence fee negotiation ever.
“Work will start next week on a mid-term review to replace the Charter with a new funding formula.
“It’s over for the BBC as they know it.”
The BBC’s Royal Charter, where it sets out its aims and purposes, ends in 2027.