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Stars and social media users #BacktheBBC amid funding cuts

Twenty nine high-profile individuals from the arts and entertainment industry have urged prime minister David Cameron to U-turn on plans to slash BBC funding.

In the aftermath of chancellor George Osborne announcing that over 75s will be freed from the levy from 2017/18, decreasing the corporation's funding by 10 per cent, stars such as JK Rowling, Stephen Fry, Richard Curtis, Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench were signatories calling to save the BBC.

The letter read: “A diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain,” adding “The BBC is a very precious institution, like all organisations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good.

"The BBC is trusted and loved at home by British audiences and is the envy of the world abroad."

It was delivered to Downing Street on Tuesday morning. As a result of the pledge, social media users shared their reasons to (or not to) #BacktheBBC on Twitter.

To combat the cuts, the BBC called on the elderly to continue paying the fee if they can.

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