This petition is calling on the BBC Director General and the BBC Trust to reconsider plans to axe BBC Three next year in the next drive for savings.
My name is Jono, and I am passionate about the BBC. Like many others, I am a big fan of the hit shows that BBC Three has produced and I have grown up watching them for the last 11 years. After hearing Tony Hall's comments I set this petition up because I believe the organisation needs to be investing more in content for teenagers and young adults, not less. Scrapping the channel, and relegating content to the internet with £65m less in budget, will be a big mistake. The BBC needs to cater for all ages, and this petition is designed to give young people a voice about these cut backs.
BBC Three has produced exciting, original television programming for 16-34 year olds since 2002. It has been a launchpad for programmes like Being Human, Torchwood, Russell Howard's Good News, Mighty Boosh, Bad Education, Gavin and Stacey, and Little Britain. Unlike other BBC channels it takes risks. It offers live debates and documentaries, and has won more awards for programming than any of its key competitors. It is also the channel for young people to go to for live music - something which is often relegated from the other main BBC television channels. Where else would dedicated coverage of Reading and Leeds, T In The Park, and Radio 1's Big Weekend fit if it was not on BBC Three? The red button has already faced cuts on Freeview.
We believe that the BBC does not do enough to cater for young adults, and scrapping BBC Three from cable, satellite, and terrestrial television would be a big mistake. An online move would mean less money for quality programming, would restrict access for those in many rural areas, as well as those without an active broadband connection. Furthermore, the BBC has the wrong priorities if it is to then suggest spending all but £15-£20m of the funding on BBC1+1 and drama, when it said it needed to close the channel to make savings.
We are calling for the BBC Trust to save the channel and to continue to invest and air new comedy, drama, drama and music programming for young adults in its rightful home.
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