Russell T. Davies hails the BBC

Thursday, November 12 2009, 13:34 GMT

By Mayer Nissim,

Russell T. Davies has defended the BBC against calls to abolish the licence fee.

The Doctor Who executive told ShortList that the BBC is needed in a climate where commercial broadcasters are struggling.

Davies said: "It makes me laugh that every politician in the land is queuing up to axe the licence fee, when right in front of their eyes a commercial channel can barely afford to broadcast.

"No-one is putting two and two together. We need a licence fee, you dumbos."

Of negative comparisons made with American television, he added: "It's a f**king ridiculous argument. People always say that it's so much better in the US.

"Listen, they've got brilliant stuff in the US and they've got rubbish stuff in the US, just like over here."

Earlier this year, Davies called on the public to "embrace" the BBC's children's TV output.