03 Aug '11, 12pm

Why the BBC decision to scrap Wildlife Fund is wrong

Why the BBC decision to scrap Wildlife Fund is wrong

With this in mind, it seems short-sighted to close the Fund. The argument that its closure is a cost-cutting exercise appears weak – all administration costs are currently covered by Gift Aid donations, and it is run on a pro bono basis by BBC Natural History Unit advisors. As such, it is likely that any savings made from cutting the Fund are likely to be small. Further, a cautionary note – likely to be relevant to a broad swathe of similar proposed public service cuts – is that the BBC Director General Mark Thompson has stated that no further charities similar to the Fund are likely to be created. Such initiatives are so often difficult and time-consuming to create, and all too quickly closed. To step back to this article’s wider point: the closure of the BBC Wildlife Fund represents the premature end of a model for how the BBC and other wildlife film-making organisations...

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