Published on December 24th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Bye Bye Cwality?
Departing Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies has delivered a damning verdict on the impact a Tory government would have on the BBC.
With a foundering Labour government that can’t find it’s way to Denmark without destroying British jobs, it seems ever more likely that a Conservative government will be formed.
Russell T Davies believes that the implications of this could be devastating for the BBC.
He said: “It’s going to be appalling. Jeremy Hunt [shadow culture secretary] has absolutely attacked the licence fee and then suddenly, a few weeks ago, he backtracked and said, ‘Oh no, we won’t interfere with the charter.
“They want the votes but once they get in they are going to be absolutely vicious. I think the BBC has got five or six years left,â€ he told The Mirror.
“They’ll dismantle it slowly. It’ll get smaller and smaller until it just supports Radio 4 and some news,” he added.
And the Conservative Party response?
Red faces over at Conservative HQ, after Media Wales’s Matt Withers asked their opinion of Dr Who writer Russell T Davies’s claim the Tories would dismantle the BBC. Their response? “Mr Davies is a backbench MP… his opinion isn’t necessarily party policy.”
Of course, that would be David TC Davies â€“ Tory MP for Monmouth…