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Today’s hot topic: Is the BBC worth saving?


AN internet campaign is seeking signatures for a petition entitled ‘Hands Off Our BBC’.

Pointing out that ‘the newly elected government is already threatening to take action against the BBC, including the decriminalisation of non-payment of the licence fee’, the petition says: ‘Due to it being an impartial public service, the BBC can’t stand up to the government on this.’

It adds: ‘The BBC has a prestigious reputation around the globe, reflecting cherished ideals of fairness, impartiality, and democracy. These values have become ever more important in recent years and are ever more under attack. The BBC is a symbolic example, along with the NHS, of the values we hold dear.’

Is the BBC a symbol of values we hold dear, or is it in the vanguard of attempts to destroy those values? Discuss!

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