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BBC Conservative Party Grant Shapps

BBC could lose licence fee following culture of ‘scandal’, ‘bullying’ and ‘bias’, minister suggests


By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

October 27, 2013 | 2 min read

The BBC could be set to lose its exclusive right to the £3.6bn raised from the licence fee, chairman of the Conservative Party Grant Shapps has said.

Shapps said worries about the broadcaster had been raised following the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall scandals, as well as .

“They have ended up working in this culture which is buried in the last century, which is 'we are the BBC, we do what we like, we don’t have to be too accountable’,” Shapps told the Telegraph.

He added: “I think it [the culture] is one of too much secrecy. I think sometimes it crosses the mark over into bullying and, I think, that the BBC has shown too much resistance to change.

“In order for the public to have confidence in the three-and-a-half billion plus that is given to the BBC – compulsorily, just because you have a television – and to move beyond Savile and the pay-offs and all the rest of it, the only way they can do that is to really go for a much more transparent, open deliberate policy.”

The BBC has replied to these claims, admitting that transparency was the future of the BBC.

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