EXCLUSIVE By Frances Leate
A CHANGE in satellite settings that will lead to the loss of popular British TV channels has caused uproar amongst British expats and prompted a call for immediate action from a member of the Royal Family.
Baroness Hilde Von Voss, a member of the Austrian-Hungarian Royal Family and a distant relative to The Queen, has written a stern letter to the BBC asking for an explanation for the change, which has already deleted Channel Five overnight.
In the letter she said: “I am amazed to find that some changes to the satellite system are going to deprive hundreds of thousands of loyal British Citizens the ability to see BBC television where they have been previously able to do it.
“I’m included in this unfortunate group.”
The Baroness said she believed many people would rather pay a fee through a ‘viewing card’ to keep the service than lose it.
She added: “I had to move to southern Spain due to ill-health but was consoled by being able to see South Today and other BBC programmes.
“Even if this is unavoidable, whose cruel idea was it to do it just before Christmas?”
BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and Channel Four are also expected to follow suit next year, which would leave many unable to watch popular shows including EastEnders and X Factor.