Why axing BBC3 is a bad move

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Hello everyone,

Today I'm going to try something a little different and I'm going to be writing about why I think that axing BBC3 is an extremely bad move.

Now I'm not usually one to be bothered about this sort of thing, but BBC3 is a channel that has given me many hours great viewing and is has been home to some of my favourite ever TV programmes such as 'Bad Education', 'Ja'mie: Private School Girl' and 'Gavin and Stacey.

would Gavin and Stacey really have found a place without the help of BBC3?

BBC 3 has always been a channel that has been under some scrutiny. With many 'guilty pleasure' type shows such as 'Snog, Marry, Avoid', 'Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents' and 'Don't Tell the Bride' it has left the way for some criticism by the middle aged, middle class wondering what sort of so called 'trash tv' their license fee is being spent on. 

However, when the rumours started spreading that BBC3 would be axed from mainstream viewing, #SaveBBC3 was trending worldwide within a matter of hours with many celebrities also voicing their anguish and urging the broadcaster not to cut the channel. BBC3 has successfully launched the careers of many household names in entertainment such Sheridan Smith, Russell Howard and David Walliams and has given many upcoming comics and new dramas a platform that they may never have had without the help of BBC3. 

Although some critics have argued that shows that started out on BBC3 such as Gavin and Stacey and Little Britain later become hugely popular with audiences on BBC1 and 2, without BBC3, they may never have had the opportunity to become known to a wider audience and would not have found a place on these channels to start with.

Getting rid of BBC3 would most likely cut out a huge chunk of their audience by reducing the amount of programmes that are focused on the channels' key demographic of young adults (16-34 year olds). The rest of the BBC does not cater sufficiently enough for this age group so by cutting it out, they would make a massive mistake.

Radio 1 DJ Greg James and comedian Russell Kane are among the many celebrities venting their frustration on twitter:

So just why is BBC3 worth saving? 

BBC3 is uninterrupted (one of it's many perks especially when it comes to films and festival coverage) it has won awards (four Baftas in two years) and it has aired some excellent, critically acclaimed current affairs programmes and documentaries including the Bafta-winning Our War, about young troops in Afghanistan. It's programmes have been among the most popular on the BBC. 'An episode of Bad Education last year was the fourth most watched programme on iPlayer across the whole of 2013, with nearly 3m views' according to The Guardian. By making it an online only channel, it would mean a much less accessible platform and less money spent on a demographic that is actually hugely important.

So if you're interested in saving the channel then please sign this petition here below:


What are your views, do you think BBC3 is worth saving?


  1. First I've heard about this, I love BBC3! Definitely signing!

    What A Little Pickle

  2. I can't believe they'd even think about axing it! It would be a stupid thing to do. I've signed the petition and hopefully they'll realise bbc three is one of the best things to happen to the bbc! Xx

  3. I've signed the petition, I completely agree with you, it would be such a shame if BBC 3 was axed.

    Ioanna | www.heartsstarsandprettylittlethings.blogspot.co.uk

  4. It would be horrible if it was never mind all the great comedy programmes that I love where would I get my don't tell the bride fix! xx


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