Tuesday 2 July 2019 / 11:03 AM Media / Tom Watson

Tom Watson comments on the BBC Annual Report

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the BBC Annual Report, said:

“The BBC continues to provide some of the public’s best-loved programmes and is making progress to better represent all parts of our society and close the gender and BAME pay gaps.

“The BBC is adapting to the digital age. The government must ensure that can continue by supporting public service broadcasters to compete on a level playing field with tech giants such as YouTube and Netflix.

“The government left the BBC in an impossible position over free TV licences. The Tories should honour their manifesto pledge and step in provide funding to save free TV licences. Not to do so is a disservice to our oldest citizens and to the BBC.”