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BBC fury: Broadcaster dubbed 'monopoly funded by compulsory tax' as boycott gathers pace

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Mr Lowe, who is also the former chairman of Southampton FC, was speaking on the day the campaign organisation Defund the BBC urged people to switch off their television and radio sets. Campaign director Rebecca Ryan said direct action would enable Britons to send a clear signal to Director General Tim Davie, arguing for too long the BBC has relied on licence fee revenue irrespective of what it puts on air.

Mr Lowe told Express.co.uk: “The BBC is a monopoly funded by a compulsory levy on those with a TV.

“It has become unfit for purpose and is now an unrepresentative cancer at the heart of Britain.”

Referring to the corporation’s first director general Lord Reith, Mr Lowe added: “Reith will be turning in his grave given the founding principle to educate, entertain and inform with complete impartiality.

“Change will only happen when people stand up for what they believe in and turn off the biased, woke nonsense that is now peddled by an organisation which does not sit well with the digital Information Age. Time for radical change!”

Speaking to Express.co.uk earlier this week, Ms Ryan said: “It would be really, really disruptive to the BBC if there was a short sort of ‘circuit break’ of the BBC over the Christmas period.

“Given they don’t even have enough respect for the people that fund them to provide original content at this time, it would be very effective.”

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“They will do the job of causing some major disruption.

“We’re also confident a large percentage of those who do it will realise they don’t need live TV at all.”

A tweet from the official Defund the BBC account today said: “Boycott the BBC this Christmas!

“Why should you pay for non-stop repeats?

“Switch to on-demand and legally cancel your TV licence to teach the BBC a lesson.”

Speaking earlier this week, a BBC source told Express.co.uk: “BBC One’s Christmas Day lineup proved a winning formula last year with Call the Midwife, Blankety Blank, Strictly and The Wheel taking the top four spots.

“We know viewers look forward to brand new specials of their favourite shows, and then spending Boxing Day onwards indulging in new dramas or streaming boxsets on iPlayer.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for additional comment.

The cost of a television licence is currently £159, with the total amount raised supplying 71 percent of the corporation’s overall revenue of £4.94billion in the year 2019/2020.

The BBC has also faced criticism for the salaries paid to its top earners, including Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who still earns £1.36million a year according to figures published in March, despite taking a £400,000 pay cut.



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