This petition is calling on the BBC Director General and the BBC Trust to reconsider plans to axe BBC Three from our television screens in January, and the huge budget cuts to programming for the BBC3 audience which will hit popular shows.

** The BBC Trust has just made its initial recommendation on the future of the BBC3. Read our reaction here - http://bit.ly/1LSkBg7 **

My name is Jono, and I am passionate about the BBC. Like thousands of 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 the Director General's proposals 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, axing top shows, and halving the budget for an online service will be a big mistake. The BBC needs to cater for all ages, and with the average age of BBC1, 2, and 4 at 60 these proposals will only make the corporation older, whiter, and more middle class as audiences flock elsewhere.

BBC Three has produced exciting, original television programming for 16-34 year olds since 2002. It has been a launchpad for ground-breaking shows like In The Flesh, Being Human, Torchwood, Russell Howard's Good News, Mighty Boosh, Bad Education, Gavin and Stacey, Murdered By My Boyfriend, and Little Britain. Unlike the other BBC channels this one takes risks. Unlike competitors it hosts live debates and cutting-edge documentaries, and has won more awards for programming over a decade than any of its key competitors have in 25 years. It is also the channel for young people to go to for live music - something often not found on any of the main BBC television channels. Where else on TV 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 schedule of other BBC channels is already too crowded, particularly during busy sporting months.

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. BBC bosses have already admitted this will drive young people away from the service, and an analysis for the BBC Trust has found it will give ITV2, Sky, and E4 an advantage. With less competition in the sector there will not be as much reason for commercial channels to carry on investing. The closure will also break a historic bond between the BBC and upcoming writers and talent... we fear online transmission isn't as appealing as TV transmission.

While we agree broadcasters should invest in new online ideas, the BBC should not do this at the detriment of existing services like BBC3 on TV - especially at a time when many are without 3G and 4G phone signals and superfast broadband. It will penalise those not living in urban areas, and the poorest families who need to purchase more expensive advanced packages for regular streaming. Furthermore, the success of Netflix has only come with huge investment. The BBC would cut an online BBC3’s programming budget... the sum total to be spent wouldn’t even match Netflix’s Christmas party budget. This year even VICE signed a deal with HBO to ensure their content appears on television for the widest possible audience.

And rather than banking the savings the BBC makes from taking BBC3 off TV they have chosen to respend the money on older audiences already well-catered for by the corporation. This is robbing Peter to pay Paul. A BBC1+1 which lacks a business case, will still cost millions to transmit on television.

We are calling for the BBC Trust to save the channel and for the organisation to halt the programming cuts which will hit new comedy, drama, current affairs, documentaries, and music programming for the BBC3 audience. There are better alternatives to cutting and closing a television channel that reaches audiences other BBC channels do not.

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Letter to
BBC
Director General of the BBC BBC Trust and Tony Hall
Dear Tony Hall and Rona Fairhead,

I am asking you to reconsider plans to axe BBC Three from our television screens, and the proposed 50% budget cuts to what you offer the BBC3 audience.

BBC Three has produced exciting, original television programming for 16-34 year olds since 2002. It has been a launchpad for ground-breaking shows like In The Flesh, Being Human, Torchwood, Russell Howard's Good News, Mighty Boosh, Bad Education, Gavin and Stacey, Murdered By My Boyfriend, and Little Britain. Unlike the other BBC channels this one takes risks. Unlike competitors it hosts live debates and cutting-edge documentaries, and has won more awards for programming over a decade than any of its key competitors have in 25 years. It is also the channel for young people to go to for live music - something often not found on any of the main BBC television channels. Where else on TV 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 schedule of other BBC channels is already too crowded, particularly during busy sporting months.

I 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.

While the campaign agrees broadcasters should invest in new online ideas, the BBC should not do this at the detriment of existing services like BBC3 on TV - especially at a time when many are without 3G and 4G phone signals and superfast broadband. It will penalise those not living in urban areas, and the poorest families who need to purchase more expensive advanced packages for regular streaming. Furthermore, the success of Netflix has only come with huge investment. The BBC would cut an online BBC3’s programming budget by 50%... £25m wouldn’t even match Netflix’s Christmas party budget. This year even VICE signed a deal with HBO to ensure their content appears on television for the widest possible audience.

And rather than banking the savings the BBC makes from taking BBC3 off TV they have chosen to respend the money on older audiences already well-catered for by the corporation. This is robbing Peter to pay Paul. A BBC1+1 which lacks a business case, will still cost millions to transmit on television.

I am joining 300,000 others and some of the leading voices in the entertainment sector in calling for you to save the channel and to halt the 50% programming cuts. This undoubtedly will hit new comedy, drama, current affairs, documentaries, and music programming for the BBC3 audience. There are better alternatives to cutting and closing a television channel that reaches audiences other BBC channels do not.

I am calling for the BBC Trust to save the channel and for the organisation to continue to invest in new comedy, drama, drama and music programming for young adults in its rightful home.

Please #SaveBBC3!