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Conservative Party (UK)

Daniel Craig, Judi Dench urge UK government to back BBC

Stars including Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are urging the British government to protect the BBC, as the publicly funded broadcaster faces budget cuts and political pressure for its ambitions to be curbed. "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and naturalist David Attenborough also signed Wednesday's letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling the BBC "a creative force for good" and "the envy of the world." "A diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain," the letter said. The BBC runs multiple commercial-free TV and radio stations and websites, funded largely through a 145 pound ($227) annual fee paid by TV-owning households. It...