Petition to protect BBC independence signed by 140,000 people in four days


More than 140,000 people have signed a petition calling on the culture secretary, John Whittingdale, to protect the independence of the BBC, as the government faces a backlash in the Lords against its plans for the corporation.

The petition was set up on Monday by campaign group 38 Degrees following comments from Whittingdale suggesting the government should appoint all but two or three directors to a new BBC board expected to be established when the corporation’s Royal Charter is renewed next January.

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