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BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 6:16 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Conservative, Bexhill and Battle 6:16 pm, 15th July 2019

The point that I want to make is not so much about Gary Lineker; it is just the fact that the BBC operates in a commercial environment. If it does not pay its talent a commercial wage—many of them actually earn less than the commercial wage—it will lose that talent to other organisations, and then people will switch off the BBC and it will lose viewers.