Sunday, February 7, 2016


Welcome this morning to the Great BBC Campaign, the only pressure group that says we ought to consider making Auntie bigger and better in Charter Renewal.

It's been launched by Lord (Waheed) Alli and Charlie Parsons, the couple and business partners from Planet 24, with some unnamed funders who have paid for  the services of a campaign manager, a political director and a website/digital manager. Supporters already signed up include Tom Hooper, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Judi Dench, Nicola Benedetti, Danny Boyle, Naomie Harris, Richard Curtis, Steve Coogan, Daniel Radcliffe. In their Youtube video, James Corden reveals his first acting job with Auntie was at 15, in the Vicar of Dibley, and his performance ended up on the cutting room floor.

Lord Alli tells the Guardian "The BBC can’t defend itself, and so we need to encourage government to resist the temptation to fiddle with it when they renew the charter". Technically, that wasn't the BBC view taken when Danny Cohen and other insiders organised the first "Luvvies' Letter".

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