THE National Union of Journalists has called on the government not to comply with a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) election pledge to freeze or abolish the BBC licence fee.
The union’s acting general secretary Seamus Dooley said the issue must not become a bargaining chip in Tory/DUP coalition negotiations.
He said: “The future of public service broadcasting cannot be put at risk for the sake of political expediency.
“The Prime Minister must give a clear and unambiguous commitment that she will not allow the DUP to dictate, directly or indirectly, public policy on the future of the BBC or overall policy on public service broadcasting.
“In Northern Ireland the BBC has played a vital role in coverage of news and current affairs. The BBC has been fearless, independent and objective.
“Media scrutiny has not always found favour with the DUP but that cannot be allowed to undermine British government policy.”