With the future of the BBC under threat, some of the country’s biggest stars have written to David Cameron, to let him know they want to see the Corporation left alone. The celebrities, to put it concisely, believe “a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain.”
But it’s not just Hollywood stars that have a soft spot for the 92-year-old institution, with enough people caring to get #BackTheBBC trending. Here’s some of the reasons the BBC has elicited such a passionate response.
It costs taxpayers just 39p a day
The cost to the licence payer of supporting the BBC is just 39p a day. Amazing value #BackTheBBC— Andrew Bloch (@AndrewBloch) July 15, 2015
The BBC is miles better than offerings from around the world
Ever been on holiday and experienced the awfulness of turning the TV on in your hotel room? EXACTLY. #BackTheBBC— Lily Bailey (@LilyBaileyUK) July 15, 2015
Even Americans love Auntie
#BacktheBBC I am 50 years old & American. I make this statement. The BBC has meant more to me than any other news & ents entity. Full-stop.— Maura Power (@IammauraP) July 15, 2015
People love Bake-Off
Is it really possible to say you just don’t like the BBC?
The thing about those people who say they consume TV/radio but cannot find anything they like on the BBC is: they're lying. #BackTheBBC— Jack Seale (@jackseale) July 15, 2015
There’s also been some reminders of the TV gold the Corporation produces
The fact that there’s no commercial advertising is also pretty popular
Quality programming on tv and radio - with no ad breaks - costs each household only 40p per day. That's why we have to #BacktheBBC— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) July 15, 2015
Some are just concerned that the Tories have confused the BBC for a fox, and it’s about to get pretty messy
Just saw some Tories wearing red jackets & tally-ho hats riding horses across a field & shouting 'vermin' in pursuit of the BBC #BacktheBBC— Jon Holmes (@jonholmes1) July 15, 2015