The BBC is to warn of serious economic consequences if the Government cuts the TV licence fee.
A PwC report, commissioned by the BBC, claims that cutting the licence fee by a quarter over the next five years would cost the economy £630m and lead to 32,000 job losses.
Several high ranking BBC executives are scheduled to appear on stage at the annual Edinburgh Television Festival, which starts next Wednesday.
Some of the BBC's most loathsome characters - Danny Cohen, James Purnell and James Harding - are expected to use evidence from the report to bolster support for the continuation of the licence fee.
As the law stands at the moment, a TV licence is required for every property where equipment is used to receive TV programmes. The licensing system raises more than £3.6bn for the BBC each year.
The PwC report claims that every £1 spent on the licence fee raises an additional 60 pence for the greater economy. The report also claims that a 15% increase in the licence fee would boost the economy by £319m and create more than 16,000 new jobs.
Speaking ahead of the Festival, a BBC source told the Telegraph: "The BBC is the cornerstone of our creative industries and the evidence is clear - a strong BBC is good for growth and the UK economy.
"The licence fee creates and supports tens of thousands of jobs and businesses in the private sector because of the programmes and services we buy."
Of course you wouldn't really expect the BBC to say anything else, with the Sword of Damocles dangling ever closer.