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article imageBBC Three axed

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 5, 2014 in Entertainment
The BBC is to axe one of its television channels, BBC Three, and move it online, as part of cuts being made by the corporation.
Speculation surrounding the future of the television station has been circulating for days, following comments made by BBC Chairman Tony Hall, recently.
The official announcement of the channel's TV demise will be announced on Thursday, the media correspondent David Sillito has told BBC News.
BBC Three was launched just over 11 years ago, on 9 February 2003. Broadcasting via digital cable, terrestrial, IPTV and satellite platforms. the channel's target audience includes those in the 16–34-year-old age group, with the "purpose of providing 'innovative' content to younger audiences, focusing on new talent and new technologies," according to the BBC Service License which governs it.
Being Human, Gavin & Stacey, Doctor Who Confidential and Little Britain all began on BBC Three, which also broadcasts series such as Hotter Than My Daughter, Don't Tell the Bride and Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.
Last week, Hall said that the BBC was "in the final stages of a budget process to find an extra £100m of savings." He was speaking at the Oxford Media Convention. He added then that he would "announce the outcome of those decisions in the next month."
Of the move, Broadcast reports that transferring BBC Three online "would amount to a sizeable step" towards delivering Lord Hall's £100m savings target by 2016."
BBC U-turn
However, in October last year, on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme, Lord Hall claimed he "wouldn't consider closing a channel."
According to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, a number of celebrities have already joined a campaign to save the TV channel. They include the actors and comedians Matt Lucas (Little Britain) and Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) and Radio 1 DJ Greg James. have backed a campaign to save BBC Three.
BBC Three's own Twitter feed has also joined the protest to save itself! A recent posting read, "Who knew people love BBC Three more than pancakes?! Feeling loved. #SaveBBC3."
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