Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation
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Sheila Hancock “The BBC represents fairness, balance and public service. It is trustworthy and world renowned for its integrity. We cannot afford to sell it off.” 

Julie Walters “I support the BBC because it represents and serves all of us – young, old, from all communities, all walks of life and all corners of the UK without compromising on quality.”  

Mark Rylance "We have in the BBC a unique public service model that doesn’t just fill the gap left by private outlets it’s constantly changing and adapting and sets the standard for excellence from the iplayer to BBC4. Travelling abroad, the BBC is an inspiration in many states where privately owned media has enabled corruption and misinformation to flourish. If we as a people lose the independence of our collectively funded media, I believe we will look back with deep regret. For me, if The BBC can maintain a high standard of broadcasting, which I believe it can, then the license fee is worth it just to have a space where advertisers and merchants aren't constantly interrupting and 'shouting' at me to buy something I don't need. Is all this challenging of The BBC really about private corporations wanting more space to advertise their stuff?" 

Jo Brand "It’s a good thing to have a public debate about the licence fee and how this money is spent, but personally I think we get great value for our £145 a year. Where else but on the BBC can you enjoy the Great British Bake Off,(only looking ,sadly)  get absorbed in Wolf Hall or shout at Question Time? Also, the BBC can produce a wider range of programmes that might not be commercial successes thereby fulfilling its brief to educate.” 

Andy Parsons "I love that the BBC is a world-renowned broadcaster that's not totally commercial. People say the licence fee is expensive at £12 a month but the cheapest Sky package is £21.50 and that doesn't include any movies or sport which are the reasons people buy Sky. Nobody has ever tried to find an excuse to go round a friend's house because they've got Sky Living and they want a Super Sunday double-bill of Animal 999 and RSPCA Rescue". 

David Morrissey “I support the BBC because instead of chasing profits for shareholders, it reinvests what it makes via BBC Worldwide back into programming.” 

Bertie Carvel “After the NHS, the BBC is the public institution of which Britain can be most proud, and we must never take it for granted. Its worldwide reputation for reporting the news with integrity as well as the current renaissance in television drama is made possible by the licence fee and I support it wholeheartedly.”  

Julie Hesmondhalgh “I have loved the BBC all my life.  I have listened to Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Live and 6Music every single day. Not a week goes by when I don't watch BBC 1, 2, 3 or 4. I have enjoyed groundbreaking documentaries, world class drama and comedy, I have tuned into the World Service in remote corners of the globe, I have sung along with my babies to CBeebies and booed the baddies at the annual CBBC panto, I have shouted at the "wireless" on long all night journeys through different regions and local late-night phone-ins, I have jogged through parks listening to podcasts, I have smiled and nodded at the familiar banter of my local TV news team at the end of the bulletin, I have enjoyed the BBC Philharmonic perform live to packed halls, and had to pull over as I wept at afternoon radio dramas in my car. I have been educated and informed, provoked and pacified, entertained and employed by this wonderful corporation all of my life.  Alongside the NHS, it's one of the institutions that makes me proud to be British. There is huge trepidation in the industry as the BBC charter renewal approaches. The continuation of the licence fee will mean the continuation of our cultural Jewel in the Crown: a massive employer of diverse talent regionally and nationally, and a important exporter of our creative best.” 

Adrian Lester  “I believe it is essential that we continue to have a public service broadcaster that is held to the highest standards while maintaining a complete separation from government. The country gets so much for it's money. Other corporations charge more, offer less and still throw adverts at you. That said, the BBC must be open to scrutiny - especially on how funding is used and how it is tackling diversity, both internally and in its relationships with external production companies.”

Tony Gardner “The enormous importance of the BBC in employing actors and performers and enabling them to learn and develop is without question. I fully support the BBC and wish for it to be funded securely into its future but I also want to see a BBC that sets the standard for how performers are treated. Fair pay, equal opportunities for performers and continuing to honour union agreements are central to this as together we make world-renowned drama, comedy and entertainment.” 

Ted Kelsey “As a listener to and later a viewer of the BBC for as long as I can remember and for the past sixty years an actor working in its productions, I am quite certain that the rest of the world, apart from North Korea, would look upon any attempt to weaken or destroy it, with incredulity. The independence and funding of the BBC must be protected at all costs.”

Samantha Bond “I support the BBC because I think it represents the best of British creativity. Just look at BBC Films – I’m astounded when I think of the breadth of what it has produced: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Billy Elliot, Fish Tank, Revolutionary Road, Philomena, Notes on a Scandal and so many more great, ambitious, bold and award winning productions.”

Martin Jarvis “I support the BBC because of its dedication to diverse genres. As a producer/director for BBC, as well as an actor, I am well aware that the BBC is by far the most prolific radio drama broadcaster in the world. It actually makes more original productions than Hollywood. Over one million listeners access spoken word programming on the BBC every day. Without licence fee funding, working alongside public service obligations, this sort of high quality programming - attracting such a significant audience - just wouldn't be available anywhere else.”   

Tim Bentinck “Great drama like The Archers is made on a relative shoestring but it is the world’s longest running drama series - broadcast by the BBC since 1951 and regularly attracting over 4.5 million listeners. Looking to the future, we need to ensure that the BBC is funded enough to continue to make great programmes without having to cut corners or compromise on quality. A big part of this is valuing talent at all levels and giving recognition to those who work hard every day to make the BBC what it is.”

David Tennant “The BBC is part of our cultural DNA. It thrills and informs us as children. It educates and nourishes us as adults. It's reporting is the impartial envy of the world- the fact that politicians of every party are so quick to claim bias against them is proof positive of that. The quality of British broadcasting is driven by the BBC, theirs is the example that makes the rest of the industry try harder. Working in television around the world I am constantly reminded how jealous other nations are of the BBC. We must not let familiarity allow us to forget how special it is.The politicians may have reasons they would like to see the BBC reduced or dismantled, but the BBC is not for the politicians, it is for us. We must celebrate and protect the BBC for ourselves and for our children.”

Tanya Moodie The BBC and I. The most enduring relationship I've ever had. It plugs me into what's happening in the world. It interests me. It challenges me. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It makes me livid. It enlightens me. It impresses me. It never bores me. I properly want to marry it. And like any good relationship I'm more than willing to invest in it. My license fee is my great privilege to keep it thriving. All I ask in return is that it is accountable for delivery on equality and diversity in front of and behind the scenes, in order to maintain its relevance to current service users and future generations. BBC! I do!