Government trying to 'eviscerate' BBC, Wolf Hall director warns


Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky has said the Government is trying to "eviscerate" the BBC and warned that this would mean there would be no more productions like the Tudor drama.

Speaking at the Bafta TV Awards as he accepted best drama series for the Hilary Mantel adaptation, he referred to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's reported plans to interfere with the scheduling of shows such as the BBC News and Strictly Come Dancing as similar to the "bastions of democracy Russia and North Korea".

He said: "In many ways our broadcasters, the BBC and Channel 4, which they're also attempting to eviscerate, are the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it.

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"This is really scary stuff folks, not something I thought I'd see in my lifetime in this country.

"It is not their BBC, it's your BBC. There will be no more Wolf Hall, no more groundbreaking Dispatches."

Instead, he claimed programming would be made on the basis of how much it "lines the pockets of its shareholders".
He urged viewers to "stand up to this dangerous nonsense".