Campaigners will tomorrow deliver a petition of 270,000 names to the BBC Trust in an attempt to try to save BBC Three from being made a digital only service.
The petition was started on Change.org in March last year after BBC Director Tony Hall announced plans for the closure of BBC Three as a broadcast channel and its transformation into a solely online service.
A week later, Labour MP John McDonnell voiced his support for the campaign and expressed his concern about job losses.
“‘I fully support the campaign to save BBC3,” Mr McDonnell commented. “I urge the BBC management to reconsider their proposal to close a television channel for the first time in the history of the institution. BBC3 has consistently given birth to popular, innovative content and its closure would be a loss to our diverse, high quality public service broadcasting in this country.”
Jono Read from Norfolk, who has been leading the campaign to maintain BBC Three in its current format, adds: “Only last month the BBC Trust claimed that they want to give power to the people rather than important leaving decisions within the hands of a ‘small elite’ management at the BBC. If they genuinely mean this they will listen to the 270,000 people who have signed the Change.org petition against the closure of BBC3, and the views of key BBC3 talent who are dead set against the proposals.”
Marina Kalkanis, Head of Core Services, Programmes On Demand, BBC and Nick Coulter, Head of Digital, BBC Worldwide will be appearing at TV Connect (28th – 30th April 2015 ExCel, London)