Steven Moffat: BBC will never be safe in Government hands

Former Sherlock and Doctor Who presenter Steven Moffat has said the BBC “will never be safe in the hands of the government”.

The scriptwriter and producer, 60, praised the public service broadcaster for its role in “telling the truth to be power” in an interview with Radio Times.

Moffat has a long relationship with the BBC, having worked with the BBC since the early 1990s on a number of popular TV series projects.

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Steven Moffat created Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, for the BBC (BBC/PA)

Asked about tensions between the corporation and the Government, he said: “Do I trust the BBC to be in the hands of the government? No I dont. The BBC, quite rightly, interrogated everyone.

He joked further: “If you put me in charge of the fate of TV critics, I would probably have half of them shot.

“The BBC’s job is to tell the truth before power. You can’t allow the power to smear the truth, that’s unacceptable.

“You have to be an infant to not understand that there is nothing else like it. It will never be safe in the hands of the government.”

The new Culture Secretary, Michelle Donelan, recently said she would look into the future of BBC royalty fees “within” but described herself as a “long-term skeptic” about the funding model.

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Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan (Victoria Jones/PA)

In January, her predecessor, Nadine Dorries, announced licensing fees would be frozen at £159 for the next two years until April 2024.

She said she wanted to find a new funding model before her current contract expires in 2027 because it was “completely outdated”.

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A DCMS spokesperson said: “The BBC is a wonderful national organisation, making a unique contribution to the UK and we want it to have a successful future serving audiences.

“However, the BBC’s funding model faces major challenges due to changes in the way people use media, and it is necessary to consider ways to ensure it is sustainable over the long term. “

The review was scheduled to begin before the Commons summer break on July 22 but was cast into doubt after Boris Johnson stepped down as Tory leader.

Moffat’s new TV series Inside Man stars David Tennant and Stanley Tucci and is a co-production between the BBC and Netflix, much like his 2020 adaptation of Dracula.

He said: “No disrespect to the great BBC, but the money we get from them won’t fund what we’re talking about.

“It’s not exactly a Marvel feature film, but we need some money to build a prison, we need some money to build a prison.”

The four-part mini-series Inside Man follows a death row inmate in America, a vicar in a quiet English town, and a math teacher trapped in a cellar, as they cross paths. in the most unexpected way.

Read the full interview on Radio Times, out now.

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