Boris Johnson: Expert discusses ‘abolishing’ the BBC
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Speaking to political commentator Calvin Robinson on Defund the BBC Youtube channel, Brexiteer and consultant Alex Deane called on Boris Johnson to abolish the BBC. He said how “there’s no need for the BBC” anymore and the government “could and should “get rid of it”. He added how growing resentment over the BBC was not based on right or left politics but instead rooted in “cultural issues and topics like Brexit and patriotism.”
Host Calvin Robinson asked his guest if Boris Johnson would have the courage to abolish the BBC despite last week’s extension of the licence fee to 2038.
Alex Deane said: “It does make sense if you’ve renewed a charter to let that charter flow for the period that it’s stated to exist for.
“But would a government have the courage to get rid of the BBC? Yes.”
Mr Deane went on to explain: “Facing an institution which is as bias as the one we see I think the government could and should be willing to go that far.”
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But Deane went deeper into the real issues that have led to growing opposition to the BBC and said the issue was “isn’t between left and right politically.”
He said: “It’s over cultural issues and topics like Brexit and patriotism and the things we saw over the flag and portrait of The Queen.”
The political commentator concluded “What was unambiguously clear was that this was an institution that hated Brexit.
“The bias of the BBC really came to true fruition and evidence over something like Brexit which was not a left-right issue.”
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Last week the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) select committee concluded in a lengthy report “the licence fee remains the preferred option”.
The committee had been looking into different funding models for the BBC but has backed the licence fee again as they ran out of time to find a viable alternative source of funding.
Julian Knight, DCMS Committee Chair and Conservative MP, said: “It’s clear that the BBC TV licence fee has a limited shelf life in a digital media landscape.
“Instead of coming up with a workable alternative, it has sealed its own fate through a failure to develop a broadband infrastructure that would allow serious consideration of other means to fund the BBC.”
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The BBC has come under huge pressure in recent years over impartiality.
Earlier in the month BBC Breakfast presenter Naga MUnchetty was reprimanded by BBC bosses for liking anti-Conservative tweets.
Munchetty had like tweets about her BBC Breakfast co-host Charlie Stayt mocking Robert Jenrick’s Union flag, one tweet she liked read: “The flag s*****s will be up in arms” while another read: “Should be done every time the Tories roll out one of the talking head ministers”.
In an apology Munchetty said: “This do not represent the views of me or the BBC. I apologise for any offence taken. Naga.”
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