Sunday 16 January 2022 / 12:50 PM Culture / Lucy Powell

Lucy Powell reacts to Conservative attacks on the BBC and the license fee freeze

Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary, commenting on Conservative attacks on the BBC for the way they have reported the Prime Minister’s lockdown lies and on a BBC license fee freeze, said:

“The cat is out of the bag. The Prime Minister thinks those reporting on his rule breaking should pay consequences, whilst he gets off free.

“We haven’t seen the full details of the licence fee deal, as it’s been leaked to the media before Parliament. The anticipated 5 year deal needs to be fair to the license fee payer while there’s a cost of living crisis, but also ensure the BBC is able to continue to do what it does best: making great programmes, providing local news, educating our children, and underpinning our creative industries in every part of the country.

“The Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary seem hell-bent on attacking this great British institution because they don’t like its journalism. British broadcasting and our creative industries are renowned around the world and should be at the heart of Global Britain.”