by Sarah Middlemiss Apr 24th, 2020
Bill in Nottinghamshire turns to the BBC “for reliable information on the current coronavirus outbreak”. Keith from Edmonton has two young girls who love the “creative ideas” they get from its kids shows. It’s why they – and 332,481 others – have spoken out against government proposals to cut the BBC’s funding in recent weeks.
With everything going on right now it can be easy to feel powerless and alone. But 38 Degrees is an online community of millions of us who have shown time and again that when we come together we can make a real difference.
And that’s what we’ve done for our BBC. From the 295,400 people who have signed the petition, to the thousands who emailed the Prime Minister directly, and the 106,357 who took part in a government consultation on the BBC licence fee, we’ve sent a powerful message to the government: hands off our BBC.
And it’s working! The campaign has been splashed across the headlines. And the government officials running the consultation have been in touch off the back of 38 Degrees’ members’ messages. Our message is getting through.
Of course there’s more to do to make sure the BBC has the funding it needs to last for generations to come. But as more of us turn to the BBC for information, support and entertainment in the current health crisis, it’s clearer than ever that we need a public broadcaster we can trust. And now we know that hundreds of thousands of us are willing to fight for it.
I hope you feel proud. Thank you for everything you do!
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