I was pleased to question the Secretary of State during the BBC Funding Debate that took place in Parliament this week. Whilst I agree that, as we look to the future, the financing model of the BBC should rightly be scrutinised, we must also ensure that its high-quality output is maintained for the long-term. I was glad to receive assurances that the Government is focused on making sure that the mission and purpose of the BBC is protected.
You can read my full exchange with the Secretary of State below.
Like many of my constituents who are also the parents of young children, I have a daily battle to guide my children away from some of the content on some channels and towards the relative nourishment they will find on the BBC. As we look to the future of the BBC, and in addition to the scrutiny that is rightly placed upon the financing model, what objectives or processes might my right hon. Friend have in mind to ensure that the quality of the output, where the BBC is world-leading in so many areas, is maintained for the long-term?
That is the point of discussion. I have said again and again that this is about how we protect the BBC and how we ensure that, under the present agreement and settlement, it can continue to meet its mission and its purpose. How do we protect the BBC going forward? How do we ensure that we have good quality content made in the UK that stays in the UK and that we can sell from the UK? And how do we, in this changing, shifting, rapidly moving landscape, have a BBC that is funded for the future in order to protect it?