Letter: BBC plays positive role in society - and long may it continue

A key function of the media in a democracy is to question the Government.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 2:00 pm

This has sometimes led to tensions between Westminster and the media, specifically in recent times between Westminster and the BBC

The present Government appears to be hellbent on sidelining the BBC out of existence. Many and varied vested interests will benefit from a reduction in the BBC’s status.

The Conservatives have made no secret of their desire to restrain and curb the influence of the BBC.

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A reader defends the BBC, saying it is a positive conduit for news.

The BBC, with all its faults has, in my view, been a generally benign, trustworthy and positive conduit for news and views and has often seemed all that stands between us and the barbarians.

Bear this in mind when some Conservatives MPs attempt to restrict its freedom to challenge the Government in the coming weeks.

Ed Runham

Two Dales, Derbyshire

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