Hugh Bonneville says scrapping the BBC and its independent reporting would be ‘catastrophic’ for Britain.
The Downton Abbey star has insisted the broadcaster needs ‘funding’ and ‘support,’ despite an ongoing row that it should be pulled over its license fees.
He told Radio Times: “The BBC at its best entertains, informs and educates sublimely. It should be given freedom to do so.
“It is disgraceful that media moguls blame the BBC for over-75s having to pay their licenses. That was a political decision by David Cameron.
“The BBC needs funding and support or we will have Fox News, which would be utterly catastrophic for this country.”
Recently, the actor criticised the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He described Prime Minister Boris Jonson’s decision-making as ‘catastrophically slow’.
He told The Independent: “Let’s face it, the decision-making has been catastrophically slow and confused and messy.
“Whenever [Boris] Johnson has options, he will only make a choice when there’s just one choice left to be made. And then it’s too late.
“I was no fan of Margaret Thatcher in any way, shape or form, but my God, she would have led from the front on this, and she would have been decisive on day one.”
Bonnevilla has had an incredible acting career which spans 30 years.
He is best known for his portrayal of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, in the ITV historical drama series Downton Abbey and has also starred in the likes of Notting Hill, Tomorrow Never Dies and Paddington.
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