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'Woke, out of touch' BBC should be a subscription service – ‘Let the people decide!’

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Mr Lowe, a regular critic of the corporation as well as a contributor to the Defund the BBC website, took to Twitter today to make his feelings plain. He posted: “It’s woke, it’s out of touch and the presenters are more interested in pushing their own politics than informing or entertaining.

“Make it a subscription service and let the people decide!”

The BBC has found itself mired in controversy in recent years, especially after it scrapped the exemption on payment of the licence for people over the age of 75.

Bosses have also faced enormous criticism over the high salaries paid to some of its top earners, including March of the Day host Gary Lineker, who was earning £1.75million in 2020, although he has since taken a 23 percent pay cut.

Mr Lowe spoke to Express.co.uk earlier this month in the wake of Piers Morgan’s exit from GMB following his controversial remarks about Meghan Markle.

The former Southampton FC chairman said: “I think most of us would agree that the BBC’s opinions are woke and we are paying for them.

“I don’t particularly like Piers Morgan and I think he is probably guilty of thinking as long as everybody agrees with him he should be able to say what he wants.

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Mr Lowe’s latest tweet attracted support on Twitter, with one poster saying: “So many people agree Mr. Lowe, but yet nothing seems to be happening.

“There is a massive in built inertia against change.”

However, Sally Smith sounded a note of caution, saying: “Fully agree re political presenters, particularly Maitlis, but there is so more to the BBC than politics + we would be diminished without it.”

A third poster added: “I don’t watch BBC but here in France it’s free on satellite TV.

“Why are UK taxpayers funding Europeans free to watch TV???”

Rebecca Ryan, Campaign Director for Defund the BBC, told Express.co.uk: “The BBC is a dinosaur in the digital age; a polar bear clinging to a melting piece of ice. 

“To survive it must seek out a global, paying audience and stop bullying a reluctant British public – the majority of which they continually treat with disdain – into keeping it afloat.

“But time is running out. People are happy with Netflix and Amazon and therefore their dominance is growing.

“If the BBC wants to survive it has to ditch the licence fee and plunge into the global commercial waters now. The clock is ticking.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC to offer them a chance to comment.



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