BBC Follows TVNZ and gets rid of youth channel

The BBC is killing off its youth channel BBC Three (home of ‘Gavin & Stacey’, ‘Little Britain’, ‘Being Human’, ‘Bad Education’ and very much regarded as the home of new comedy on the BBC) to make £100 million in cuts.

BBC Three is to be dropped from TV schedules and will move online, as part of the BBC’s cost-cutting plans.

It means shows such as Don’t Tell The Bride and Pramface will only be available through the iPlayer, rather than Freeview, satellite or cable.

The BBC will make an official announcement on Thursday, media correspondent David Sillito said.

Celebrities are already rallying behind the service. Matt Lucas said the move would be “really bad for new comedy”.

The BBC’s decision follows a speech given by director general Tony Hall last week, in which he said “tough choices” would have to be made if the corporation was to meet its savings target.

The fight to #SaveBBC3 is now underway.

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  • Drew Horan

    Terrible decision and hopefully the BBC trust blocks this. BBC Three attracts the largest share of the 16-34 demo in the UK and they want to kill it, beggers belief and why is half the BBC Three budget going to BBC One. Why sacrifice services for youth to prop up the older demographic. The other problem is this won’t be the last of the cuts with more to come and the possibility of more services to be cut. The BBC is under threat and needs to be protected or it ends up becoming TVNZ.