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Mr Lowe, who is also the former chairman of Southampton FC, was speaking on the day the Defund the BBC campaign organization urged people to turn off their televisions and radios. Campaign manager Rebecca Ryan said direct action would allow Britons to send a clear signal to managing director Tim Davie, arguing that the BBC has relied on royalty income for too long, regardless of what ‘it broadcasts.

Mr Lowe told Express.co.uk: “The BBC is a monopoly funded by a compulsory levy on those who own a television.

“It has become maladjusted and is now an unrepresentative cancer in the heart of Britain.”

Referring to the company’s first CEO, Lord Reith, Mr Lowe added: “Reith will turn in his grave given the founding principle of impartially educating, entertaining and informing.

“Change will only happen when people stand up for what they believe in and stop the biased and awakened nonsense that is now being peddled by an organization that is not adapting well to the digital information age. It is time for a radical change! “

Speaking to Express.co.uk earlier this week, Ms Ryan said: “It would be really, really disruptive to the BBC if there was a short sort of ‘blackout’ of the BBC during the period of Christmas.

“Considering that they don’t even have enough respect for the people who fund them to provide original content right now, that would be very effective.”

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“They will do the job of causing major disruption.

“We’re also confident that a large percentage of those who do will find that they don’t need live TV at all.”

A tweet from the official Defund the BBC account today said: “Boycott the BBC this Christmas!

“Why should you pay for non-stop rehearsals?

“Go on demand and legally cancel your TV license to teach the BBC a lesson.”

Speaking earlier this week, a BBC source told Express.co.uk: “BBC One’s Christmas Day programming proved to be a winning formula last year with Call the Midwife, Blankety Blank , Strictly and The Wheel taking the top four places.

“We know viewers eagerly await new specials from their favorite shows and then spend Boxing Day indulging in new drama or box office streaming on iPlayer.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for further comment.

The cost of a TV license is currently £ 159, with the total amount raised providing 71% of the company’s overall revenue of £ 4.94bn in 2019/2020.

The BBC has also been criticized for the salaries paid to its top earners, including Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who still earns £ 1.36million a year according to figures released in March, despite a reduction of salary of £ 400,000.

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