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BBC demanded to 'stop campaigning and be a broadcaster' in heated Blue Peter row

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Blue Peter was offering its famous badge but in green to children who promised to “go meat-free”. Rebecca Ryan from Defund The BBC has hit out at the message and said it is not something “everyone can afford”. Speaking to talkRADIO, she said: “They don’t see a problem with spreading this climate panic among children.

“Children have been through an awful year where they’ve been separated from their friends, they’ve been scared witless by relentless messaging about Covid.

“Now it’s back to climate panic courtesy of the BBC.

“I think the BBC are tax payer funded social engineering and not everyone can afford to shop at Whole Foods.

“It’s easy to provide a balanced diet without meat in it if you’re not well off.

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“They need to stop campaigning and get back to just being a broadcaster.

“If they can’t do that or deliver on the public service that they’re supposed to be doing, they should be moving over to being a commercial enterprise.”

It comes as the Government should end the “damaging speculation” about decriminalising non-payment of the television licence fee, a committee of MPs has said.

A report on the future of public service broadcasting by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee claimed the Government now has “no options” on reforming licencing rules.

“As a result, the Government must now act quickly to end damaging speculation about decriminalising non-payment of the BBC licence fee with continuing uncertainty likely to boost evasion rates and lead to a further drop in funding,” the committee said.

In January Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the Government would not go ahead with plans to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee but said the issue would remain under “active consideration”.

He added that criminal sanction was “disproportionate and unfair” in the current public service broadcasting landscape.

According to the DCMS Committee, the BBC’s annual reports identify a rise in licence fee evasion from just over 5 percent some 10 years ago.



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