Save BBC3
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BBC Trust and Tony Hall

Save BBC3

    1. Jono Read
    2. Petition by

      Jono Read

      Holt, United Kingdom

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. 

Sign the petition, follow @SaveBBCThree, use #SaveBBC3 on Twitter to spread the word, and like our Facebook page. Find out more about the campaign at

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Recent signatures


    1. Now even television bosses are saying #savebbc3

      Jono Read
      Petition Organizer

      Hello again,

      I have some more big news about the #savebbc3 campaign.

      Last week some very big names in the television industry used their platform at the Edinburgh Television Festival to criticise the BBC's plans to take BBC3 off our television screens. They are just as angry as you are about it.

      Stuart Murphy, who was involved in the launch of BBC3 and now works at Sky, said the BBC were making a “massive strategic mistake” by taking it off-air. He said by doing this the Corporation were taking a "step away from a commitment to younger people".

      Zai Bennett, who quit running BBC3 after the Director General announced his plans, was even more critical. He said making the channel online-only was a "smokescreen" for massive cuts which he said would see the budget “obliterated”.

      He said the money would end up being re-used for the "old, white middle class people" audience of other BBC channels rather than protecting BBC3's young and diverse audience.

      This is exactly why we're continuing to fight the Director General’s plans before the BBC Trust make the final decision. We've added links to the full articles on our Twitter and Facebook pages, which we'd recommend you follow for the latest news. We're at @SaveBBCThree on Twitter and on this page on Facebook:

      Once again a big thank you for your support.

      Jono Read

    2. The BBC Trust is listening! #SaveBB3

      Jono Read
      Petition Organizer

      It has been a while but today I have news. Your voice is starting to be heard.

      While the BBC Trust - the ultimate decision makers - have not yet given an indication whether or not it will approve the Director General's proposals to close the channel, it has recognised the importance of BBC Three in its latest report.

      Looking at the demographics of the BBC television channels the Trust said the channel was "highly valued" by us "passionate" viewers. It is also doing much more to appeal to younger viewers than any other BBC station, and praised the diversity of the channel.

      This confirms what many of us have been saying since the start of the #savebbc3 campaign, but the fight is nowhere near over. Tell the BBC: 

      Dear @bbcpress - I agree with latest findings by @bbctrust - @bbcthree is young, diverse and should be protected #savebbc3! @SaveBBCThree

      By clicking on this link:

      We'll have more news about the BBC Trust's consultation soon but in the meantime please tweet to send our message to the BBC:

      Jono Read
      #SaveBBC3 Campaigner

    3. Write to your MP!

      Jono Read
      Petition Organizer

      So delighted to have 200,000 signatures in the last week. The campaign continues. Some MPs have proposed a motion in parliament to try and save BBC3. Encourage your MP to sign it by emailing or tweeting them -

      Early day motion 1160

      That this House is concerned at the proposal of BBC management to recommend the closure of BBC Three by autumn 2015; notes that this is the first time in the...

    4. Reached 200,000 signatures
    5. launched

      Jono Read
      Petition Organizer

      As we near the 200,000th signature we've created to keep you updated on the media coverage and developments in our campaign.

    6. Reached 150,000 signatures
    7. 100,000 signatures

      Jono Read
      Petition Organizer

      Bosses at the BBC are starting to listen. Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, has been talking about the petition this evening on Radio 1's Newsbeat. In just 48 hours we've reached the 100,000 target and we're continuing to grow. Please keep signing.

    8. Reached 100,000 signatures
    9. No BBC Three, but there will be a BBC1+1?!

      Jono Read
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 50,000 petition signatures! Tony Hall, the Director General, has now confirmed that he is planning to close BBC Three in Autumn 2015. Rather than making savings like he originally intended he wants to reinvest £30m of BBC Three's budget into a BBC1+1 and drama! These seem very strange priorities given his original aim was to save money.

    10. Reached 50,000 signatures
    11. 15,000 signatures!

      Jono Read
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for all of your support so far. We've been approached by a number of news organisations to talk about the petition including BBC Radio 5Live. Keep encouraging friends to sign online, and celebrities too! The latest is David Walliams.

    12. Reached 15,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 hours ago

      Its my fav channel! Its the first thing i look to see whats on when i turn on my tv :'(

    • Joseph Holden BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 14 hours ago

      Its the only reason i can awtch family guy :( i i only have freeview

    • Florence Quirion LAVAL, CANADA
      • 1 day ago

      BBC3 has some of the best shows airing on it

      • 1 day ago

      Family Guy?

      • 1 day ago

      It needs to be saved! Don't wanna lost briliant tv shows


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