John Simpson: 'Funding cut will put the BBC at the Government's mercy'

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Veteran BBC world affairs editor John Simpson has shown his customary candour in condemning a Government funding deal which will cut funding for the BBC by £340m a year.

“Our income will shrink year on year for seven long years, by amounts that are unknown because we can’t tell how high inflation will be over that period of time,” the Guardian reports.

“It’ll be like waterboarding. As our head is pulled out of the bath, we’ll be so desperate that we can’t be certain what compromises and deals we might be tempted to make. We will be at the Government’s mercy.”

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