OUR initial target of £30,000 to meet the minimum costs of the forthcoming judicial review aiming to Stop BBC Bias has been met. We are hugely grateful for your support. Thank you.
At one stage last Friday, as word spread, cash was pouring in at £1,000 an hour. It was both thrilling and gratifying to see that there was this level of support and concern to hold the BBC to account. The messages from donors testified to the range and depth of feeling.
Thanks to all of you who stumped up so generously and promptly, Stage One is achieved. This magnificent response means we can now definitely submit our court application over the next few weeks.
Stage Two is the fight that follows its submission. We still need help to build the war chest to take us all the way through the judicial review and be able to fight anything that the BBC throws at us.
Why, you may ask, did we not set our sights higher in the first place? Well, the rules of the CrowdJustice site are that, when framing your appeal, you have to set a make-or-break target. If you do not meet it, the money is not collected from the donors and you end up with nothing. That is why we came up with quite a cautious ‘guesstimate’, pitched so that the action could definitely go ahead.
Now that we have passed the do-or-die obstacle, we move to the next stage which is to prepare as strongly as possible for the fight with the BBC and with as much confidence as possible. They have deep pockets lined by the £3.5billion they get from licence fee-payers every year, but we do not. The BBC can afford a huge legal department, and they have a track record of fighting tooth and nail any challenge in the courts.
This couldn’t be better exemplified than in the Cliff Richard hearing, the report from which was on TCW yesterday. Had Sir Cliff had been poor, he could well have been deterred from going to court at all. We need to be able to match his strength and determination. With the public’s backing we will.
Finally, thank you all once more for your support to date. We’ll keep you posted about our progress.
You can donate here.