Love him or hate him, the Sherlock and Doctor Who is here for the BBC.
Last week, the British government introduced a plan that would place the financial burden of annual fees for the BBC on the broadcaster. Right now, British households pay a small annual fee that helps keep the service running. If the BBC becomes responsible for this fee, that will mean a financial burden of $1.15 billion by 2020- a significant portion of the company's profits.
Actors Daneil Craig, Mary Rylance, and Dame Judi Dench have already spoken against this decision by the newly emboldened conservative government.
Steven Moffat, who has seen incredible success with his BBC projects, is adding his voice to the growing outrage over this decision.
In exclusive comments to The Stage he had this to say:
“You could look at [the BBC’s] philosophy, you could look at the fact that somehow from the work of those early pioneers it became a beacon of quality – not just for Britain, but for the entire world. If we allow, basically, the Tories to turn off the people that are criticising them, which is what is happening, I can’t see how we’d get it back.”
To preempt the argument that he was only invested in the issue because of his personal stake in the BBC, he said: “The inevitable, pathetic argument against this is that we’re all feathering our own nests because we’re all employed by the BBC – but they don’t pay that well." Moffat has been offered more lucrative projects, but his passion for Doctor Who and Sherlock seem more important than creating billion-dollar blockbusters.
“Thousands of writers, actors, musicians and technicians will lose their careers as the biggest single contributor to the worldwide success of UK culture gradually shuts up shop.”
Moffat's comments aren't arbitrary- the BBC has already announced job cuts, and this additional financial burden would severely limit what the broadcaster is able to do. The BBC is more than a broadcaster, their unbiased coverage of British and international news, as well as their cultural contributions, have made them an ambassador to the world and a necessary institution.