Huw Edwards says BBC should be ‘stronger’ in protecting TV royalties

BBC reporter Huw Edwards says the plan to scrap licensing fees is ‘nonsense’, adding that he believes BBC News at Ten and other services provide a strong case for the BBC

Huw Edwards on BBC News
Huw Edwards on BBC News

Newsreader Huw Edwards thinks the BBC should be “stronger” in its defense of license fees and insists Tory MPs told him Nadine Dorries’ plan to remove the fee was “nonsense”.

“I can see arguments against license fees,” he said. But I have yet to see an argument for a system – and this is important – to maintain the BBC in its full public service. Because registration doesn’t do that.

“And even Conservative MPs who don’t like license fees admit that … I believe – and [BBC director general] Tim Davie believes – it’s up to us to make the case for the BBC’s place in public life. I have no doubt that the majority of the British public supports the BBC in its current form… But I think sometimes we are not strong enough in our arguments – and I hope Tim won’t get upset. when I say this.

“If there are complaints about the way we’ve handled the problem, of course we’ll listen. But the principle of what we’re doing – and the way the current funding allows that – is what we’re talking about.” I’ve always been quite assertive in defense.

“I’ll say this as an aside: on the day that [culture secretary] Nadine Dorries commented on the repeal of the license fee, I got a message from the Tories senior saying, ‘Don’t listen to that, it’s nonsense’. “

In an interview with Men’s Health UK, BBC news chief Edwards also said he believes BBC News at Ten and other services provide a strong case for the BBC.

He previously admitted he was “angry” at the decision to publish the salaries of the highest paid staff at the BBC and earn £425-429,000 a year at the company.

The writer said that the BBC should protect the royalties



Defending the founding of the BBC, he said: “As long as the majority of the public takes the BBC seriously. And by value, I mean access our services. The fact that The Ten is reaching millions upon millions of eyeballs every week in the UK – that’s access. No other broadcaster can say that in terms of news.

“So if we can show that people are accessing the service at scale on a weekly basis, I feel we have a very solid case to make about the future of BBC and we have can feel hopeful about it… And if you want to come to us and say 45p a day, or whatever, is way too much for everything the BBC has to offer – you could say, but I may disagree with that view.”

Welsh Edwards also used the interview to talk about his depression and how he copes with it and found boxing to be very helpful when he was having his dark times. He first revealed that he had suffered in an interview in December, saying it had been a problem since 2002.

“It’s pretty clear to me that I’ve suffered from – and indeed suffered from – depression,” he said. It’s not anxiety, although it includes anxiety, but it tends to hit me in a big wave and then disappear… I think at least now I know when to step. at such a stage. Your mind goes into a place where you don’t want to do anything. You cannot make any decisions. Things that you normally enjoy, you fear.

“You go to work and you’re obviously doing a professional job, but you’re trying to get through it. And, of course, if it’s terrible – as it has happened a few times over the course of 20 years – you couldn’t work. During the worst time I had, I couldn’t get out of bed.”

Huw Edwards spoke to Men’s Health Alastair Campbell, UK columnist for ‘Talking Heads’, in the June issue, on sale from 25 May.

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