An old BBC advert has gone viral after the culture secretary’s announcement that “this licence fee announcement will be the last” amid reports it will be frozen for the next two years.
The annual payment, which normally changes on April 1 each year, is expected to be kept at the current rate of £159 until April 2024.
The 1986 advert, which has now been viewed over two million times, is a parody of the “what have the Romans ever done for us?” sketch from Monty Python.
Monty Python star John Cleese features in the star-studded advert, where he’s reminded of the vast amount of content the BBC produces by famous faces such as national treasure David Attenborough, broadcasters David Dimbleby and Moira Stuart, actor David Jason, snooker player Steve Davis, astronomer Patrick Moore, and funnymen The Two Ronnies.
The advert was shared by the likes of actor and presenter Adil Ray and former footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker.
Lineker tweeted: “The BBC is revered, respected and envied around the world. It should be the most treasured of National treasures. Something true patriots of our country should be proud of. It should never be a voice for those in government whoever is in power.”
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker also spoke out, tweeting: “I am well aware that the BBC makes mistakes and needs to change but the media landscape would be much poorer without it. Those 3 letters are trusted and respected around the world.”
He also added: “43p a day” alongside a picture of BBC’s services.