The Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire has said that people in Mid Wales feel "deeply let down by the BBC" and the way it portrays the farming as "twee and backward".

This comes as changes to the public service broadcaster were discussed by Westminster MPs on Tuesday, July 21. An question was submitted by Daisy Cooper, the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

She asked for the Culture Minister if he would make make a statement on changes to the licence fee exemptions, programming and job losses at the BBC.

Having her say in the debate, Fay Jones MP said: "I represent a heavily rural constituency, and I have been deeply concerned by recent BBC programming that portrays farming and the agriculture sector as either twee and backward or environment-wrecking vandalism.

"This is deeply wrong and misleading. With over 9,000 people over 75 years old in Brecon and Radnorshire, many feel deeply let down by the BBC at the moment.

"Does my right hon. friend agree that the BBC needs to take a look at itself and ensure that it is giving every taxpayer value

for money?"

In response, the Culture Minister, John Whittingdale, said: "I am aware of some of the concerns that my hon. friend refers to.

"Obviously it is not a matter for the government to pass judgment on BBC programming, but it is possible for viewers to make their feelings known by complaining to the BBC and, if they remain unsatisfied, to take the matter to Ofcom."