The young adult channel set to be closed by the corporation.Following a wave of rumours and speculation regarding the future of the digital channel, it is now apparent that BBC Three, a teen and young adult focused channel owned by the BBC, is set to be closed. An announcement is set to be released tomorrow (March 6).
Media correspondent, David Stilito confirmed during an interview with BBC News, revealed that the channel will be axed with all of the programmes currently broadcast set to move to iPlayer.
The shocking move is part of a cost-cutting plans in which Tony Hall said that "tough choices" would have to be addressed, stating. "We are in the final stages of a budget process to find an extra £100m of savings".
What's so important about BBC Three?BBC Three began broadcasting in February 2003 as a quirky spin-off of parent channel, BBC One. Although it shows reruns of the popular soap opera Eastenders and cult following sci-fi series Doctor Who, The channel has launched successful, original and unconventional comedies such as Bad Education, Little Britain, Gavin & Stacey, Cuckoo, Pramface and Some Girls. There has also been a slew of original British dramas including Torchwood, Being Human and In the Flesh.
From BBC Three's inception, the channel has produced a range of entertainment programmes as well as many unique reality based programming. Snog, Marry, Avoid and Don't Tell the Bride may be a little 'low-brow' or 'uncouth' sometimes, but everyone needs a little light hearted programming once in a while, right? unless you're a middle-aged, middle class television who only finds joy from Antiques road show and Daily Politics....
The fact that BBC Three has always strayed from the programming norms seemed t have made it an easy target. With the channel's future hanging on a dwindling budget, I fear the loss of a great source of entertainment, recreation and education will be lost from my generation. BBC Three has always been the bawdy little sister of the pack who refuses to conform to the norms of programming, which in turn means it is the first to be kicked out of the house before its time.
Truthfully, BBC Three is operated by officials, executives and politicians who aren't - believe it or not - BBC Three's target audience. Could this be the cause of their failing to notice the channel's worth? Possibly. Although, I highly doubt they would tune in to the educational and eye-opening documentaries about mental health amongst young people, sex and education or drug use; which makes cancelling the channel all that much easier for them.
Yes, documentaries on a channel aimed at teenagers and young adults? How does that work? Throughout the years, BBC Three has managed to draw eyeballs to their screens to watch a wide range of docu-dramas. Who'd have thought a series looking a shady priest in South Africa - presented by Reggie Yates - would cause teenagers to actually want to watch something inspiring.
This raises one of the heart breaking realisations about the oncoming closure. Personally, I have discovered so much about the world, about mental health, education, the consequences of sex and drugs through this eclectic haven. Some may believe that due to the channel catering for young people, this would lead to the award winning, and hugely risky, programmes to be dumbed down. Absolutely not!
I'm proud to have a channel in which young people - like myself - are encouraged to take part in politics such as Young Voters' Question Time.
Some will question why Jack Whitehall, Matt Lucas et al have campaigned for the channel's survival when BBC Three may not be officially cancelled. According to reports, the channel may still exist in online form, although, I'm sure it most definitely won't be the same. A budget cut paired with even less of the population having access to iPlayer.
I hope that my fears are proved wrong. I wish I wrote this whole report for no reason at all and that the BBC are just playing an early April fool's day prank on the beloved fans of a quality channel. Young people have already had to face a flurry of cuts, would cancelling the essence of the BBC be a good decision.