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To John Whittingdale

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Keep the BBC independent. Don't fill the BBC board with people chosen by the government.

Why is this important?

John Whittingdale, the minister who’s deciding our BBC’s future, just announced he wants the government to choose the people who run the BBC. It means our most trusted news source could be influenced by the government. Whittingdale's hoping that 38 Degrees members aren't paying attention to this terrible plan.

If thousands of us sign this emergency petition, then deliver it to him in just a few days, we could make Whittingdale realise that he’s fighting a losing battle and leave our BBC alone.

Can you please sign the petition to keep the BBC independent? It will only take a few seconds.

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