Since March 2014 the axe has been hanging over BBC3, the channel is aimed at the younger adult viewer and despite its success, it seems that these viewers are more likely to watch it online than on digital TV. There has been a campaign running to keep the channel on air, but #SaveBBC3 has failed to stop the BBC Trust from moving it to the iPlayer in February 2016. BBC3 is a success story reaching over 11 million viewers per week on average and producing some popular TV shows like Gavin And Stacey, Don’t Tell the Bride, Little Britain and Torchwood.
Not only is the channel moving online, its budget is being cut from £85 million to around £25 million and that will mean producing new content will be more difficult. The BBC will be passing the savings onto BBC One Drama, but that is probably not going to mean anything for the younger viewer that saw BBC3 as their home on the BBC. The #SaveBBC3 campaign managed to get 270,000 to sign a petition, yet it seems that the BBC Trust looked at the bigger BBC picture. Something tells us that there will be more testing times ahead for the BBC.
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