Every 10 years, the BBC's Royal Charter – which sets out its public responsibilities and funding – is subject to being reviewed and potentially renegotiated with government of the day.
This time the BBC has to sit down and talk to the right-wing Conservatives, who have long been wary of the way the publicly-funded broadcaster is run. Ahead of the talks, rumors have circulated that the government is looking to limit is license fee funding and even the sort of TV programs it makes.
In the open letter, the entertainment figures, warned the government that "a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain."
"The BBC is a very precious institution. Like all organizations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good."
"Britain's creative economy is growing and enjoying unprecedented success. The BBC is at the heart of this as the global showcase for our creative industries. The BBC is trusted and loved at home by British audiences and is the envy of the world abroad," the letter said.
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