Former Doctor Who cast members Peter Kay and Catherine Tate – as well as Torchwood star John Barrowman – have signed a petition to promote the allegedly bleak prospects for the BBC under a possible Conservative government.
Already this election we have seen David Tennant voicing a Labout Party Political Broadcast (which starred Sean Pertwee, son of Third Doctor Jon Pertwee).
With polling day approaching, it has been claimed that the current opposition party has a “cavalier attitude towards the BBC’s independence,” although it should be pointed out that there is no manifesto pledge to make any sort of BBC cutbacks, although they have pledged to allow access to BBC accounts from to the National Audit Office.
It is difficult to say exactly how the BBC might fare under a Conservative government – given that the corporation of 2010 is a direct descendant of the one that they created in the late 1980s and early 1990s, any considerable change would be undoing what they have already built.
The Liberal Democrat party have claimed that the plan to keep the BBC “strong, free from interference and securely funded”.
Curiously, however, the Labour manifesto claims that if they retain power (unlikely as things look at the moment) the government plans to “maintain the independence of the BBCâ€¦ the most admired and trusted broadcaster in the world.”
The irony concerning the use of the phrase “maintain the independence of the BBC” following various high profile issues over the past 13 years, however, is considerable.
(Via Digital Spy)