BRITISH LUMINARIES DECRY BUDGET CUTS TO "THE BEEB"

Jul 17, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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As the British Broadcasting Corporation faces severe budget cuts – some elite British stars are voicing their concern.

They include Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, David Attenborough and J.K. Rowling – who’ve all signed a letter addressed to prime minister David Cameron, calling the Beeb “the envy of the world,” and “a creative force for good.”

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BBC operates a number of commercial-free television and radio stations and websites – which are funded primarily through a $227 dollar annual fee – charged to households that own tv’s.

But BBC is looking at a cash squeeze – because it agreed to pay for free tv licenses for people over 75 – in addition to the fact that more people are watching programs online.

Some members of Cameron’s Conservative Party say the BBC should stop making big-budget entertainment shows – and focus on public service broadcasting.

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