The BBC’s day of controversy marks the ‘last straw’ for viewers as they scrap the license fee
Viewers who canceled their TV license fees in response to a controversial day for the BBC said they felt the company had “sold its soul”.
On Friday, Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker was asked to step down from presenting the show. Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce has been accused of downplaying domestic abuse and claims the BBC pulled an episode of a new Sir David Attenborough series for fear of a political backlash.
Among several Twitter users who posted images proving they had canceled their monthly TV license fee debits was learning and disability support worker Simone Gordon.
“I have felt for some time that the BBC has been biased towards the government in its reporting,” the 42-year-old from Lincoln told the PA news agency.
“Gary Lineker’s treatment this week has confirmed my fears.
Fiona Bruce, who described Stanley Johnson hitting his wife ‘just once’ during last night’s Question Time, seemed to be further evidence of this.
“The BBC’s decision not to air (Sir) David Attenborough’s episode on the grounds that it offends right-wing viewers was the final straw.
“I had to cancel my television license or else I felt like I was supporting their agenda.”
The BBC has defended Bruce, saying it gave the context to the domestic violence allegations against Stanley Johnson, father of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and claiming there is “no sixth episode” of Sir David’s Wild Isles.
Ms Gordon said she set up a direct debit for the amount of money she paid for the license fee to go to the RSPB, a charity that helped produce the controversial sixth episode of Sir David’s show Saving Our Wild Isles on restoring biodiversity in Britain.
“I think the BBC has sold its soul – the once great public broadcaster is now, I think, nothing more than a mouthpiece for the most right-wing British government that has ever stood in office,” said Ms Gordon, a Labor voter .
“Shame on them. The BBC is no longer impartial in my opinion.”
Angela Riley, director of an outdoor nursery from Edinburgh, Scotland, shared a Guardian Article on Sir David documentary series controversy on Twitter: “That’s it – monthly TV license canceled until further notice.
“I can no longer, in good faith, fund this (Conservative) government’s slow but relentless assault on the integrity of the BBC.”
The 42-year-old, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, told the PA news agency Friday’s events were “a step too far”.
“I lived through years of apartheid in South Africa and saw firsthand how the state’s media was used for political gain and incited hatred among its citizens,” she said.
“One must never downplay the influence and responsibility of the media to coin a phrase from (CNN news anchor) Christiane Amanpour of being ‘truthful, not neutral.’
“Unfortunately, that’s a step too far for me. The last nail in the coffin.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gary-lineker-bbc-controversy-david-attenborough-b2298618.html The BBC’s day of controversy marks the ‘last straw’ for viewers as they scrap the license fee