SumOfUs.org have stated that “the BBC is under attack” and “60% of BBC radio output will now come from private providers”.
The radio is certainly an important opening for new and emerging writers, which may be threatened by an increase in the amount of content sourced from more commercial providers.
The SumOfUs article and appeal for signatories to their petition is as follows:
“The BBC is under attack. Under pressure from the government, our public service broadcaster has agreed to privatise the majority of BBC radio.
Under the terms of the new draft charter, 60% of BBC radio output will now come from private providers, a massive increase from the current 20%. That would make wealthy private interests gatekeepers for one of our most trusted information sources.
Tell Theresa May to help stop the privatisation of the BBC.
BBC radio union members unanimously said they thought the plan would negatively impact BBC radio service. Just imagine what will happen when our beloved programmes are controlled by profit-driven corporations rather than those serving the public interest.
The BBC’s new draft charter has been adopted following massive pressure from conservative interests that claim the public service broadcaster has a “left-wing bias”. But extensive academic studies show that’s plain wrong. It’s just a cover story for privatisation.
When BBC Radio Six Music faced closure to make room for private competition back in 2010, a huge public outcry saved it from the axe. Together we need to generate that same grassroots opposition to privatisation now.
We need to come together now to stop the corporate takeover of one of our most trusted information sources. Countless Brits rely on the BBC to be informed, engaged citizens. Privatisation would make the BBC a force for wealthy enterprises, not the people’s interest.
Sign the petition and urge Theresa May to stop the privatisation of the BBC.”