Please do not axe The Sky At Night

Please do not axe The Sky At Night

    1. Karen Barker
    2. Petition by

      Karen Barker

      Ripley, United Kingdom

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We started as a group of Open University students, who were made aware that the BBC was planning to cancel The Sky At Night.  This is something to which we strongly object.  Since starting the campaign to save S@N, the BBC has stated that it is still in discussions about the future of the programme.

We are also concerned that once (if) the programme is brought back, its format will have been detrimentally changed.  We want to see it continue in much the same way as it always has: pitched in a scientific manner towards people who are knowledgeable on the subject, whilst retaining its accessibility for newcomers to the hobby with items aimed at them.  We believe that it should be presented by professional scientists and/or highly regarded amateurs, bringing the latest news and information on the subject to the people who want it.  We do not want to see it fronted by a generic television presenter, or a ‘celebrity’ with no connection to the hobby.  It is a specialist, scientific programme and should be treated as such and with respect to its origins and longevity.

The BBC, as a public service broadcaster, has a remit to provide educational programming and programming for minority audiences.  It is on this basis that they collect the licence fee from the British public and we feel that no programme can claim to fill this remit more strongly than The Sky At Night.  Many of today’s scientists and academics state that their enthusiasm for their subject was inspired by this programme, again what other programmes can boast that?

 

This campaign has captured the imagination of the general public in the just over 24 hours it has been running and has now been featured in the national newspapers: The SunTelegraph and the Daily Mail.

For more information, join the Facebook group for the campaign.

And twitter posts are using the hashtag #saveskyatnight

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Please do not axe The Sky At Night

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    • Lana Smith SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      I don't get to see the stars due to light pollution where I live. I feel like it gives people perspective and stops these ridiculous, mind numbing shows on TV, lets educate and inspire, not brainwash society.

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    • Isabel Clark COVENTRY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      I am not an expert on this subject but I am fascinated with the whole thing and how tiny we are compared to this universe, what enormous distances and distant times are involved.

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    • Raymond Kerl NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      it's the best educational program on tv. And it's my fav one.

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    • Karl Willdig WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      The good old BBC is about to axe the ONLY decent program that they produce!!! "Apart from Dr Who" I have been whatching the Sky At Night for as long as i can remember, my son also loves this show since he was about 5 or 6. If this show is axed then the BBC is disrespectable to the memmory of Patrick Moore and to the millions of dedicated vewers! We are NOT all Eastenders fans!!!!! Keep the ONLY program worth watching, it's ONLY ONCE A MONTH! so how much dose that cost to produce?

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    • Tom Wang LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      I'm sure axing something else like EastEnders would have a better effect on society.

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