has become an issue in the British General Election with the Independent
reporting that the leader of the UK Independence party is calling on the BBC to stop making popular entertainment programming. Nigel Farage
told a public meeting in Rochester that the BBC should be "cut back to the bone
". He said the licence fee should be cut to a third of its current value and the Corporation should be "purely a public service broadcaster with an international reach
". Examples of public service broadcasting include local news coverage, arts programmes and religious broadcasts, but does not include programmes such as Doctor Who
, Strictly Come Dancing
, and Top Gear
Meanwhile the Mirror
, a Labour supporting paper, is reporting that Doctor Who
is better under Labour governments. The paper reckons that episodes shown when the Conservatives are in power, score lower appreciation figures on IMDB than episodes shown when Labour are in charge.
The series was created in 1963 under a Conservative Government, and returned in 2005 under a Labour administration.