The #SaveBBC3 campaign was pushed into the spotlight by Jono Read, a 27-year-old from Norfolk, who set up a change.org petition calling for the channel to be saved.
Explaining on the petition website why he is calling for a u-turn on the decision to scrap the youth channel, Jono said:
” Like thousands of others, I am a big fan of the hit shows that BBC Three has produced and I have grown up watching them for the last 11 years. After hearing the Director General Lord Hall was proposing closing BBC Three on TV I set up this petition. Scrapping the TV channel, halving the budget for an online service, and respending it on older audiences would be a big mistake. The BBC needs to cater for all ages, and with the average age of BBC1, 2, and 4 at 60 these proposals will only make the corporation older, whiter, and more middle class as audiences flock elsewhere.”
Since launching on 4 March 2014 the campaign has received the support from a number of celebrities including Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Jack Whitehall, Greg James, Russell Kane, Stephen Fry, and Jolyon Rubinstein. Over 300,000 have signed the petition so far while 23,000 responded to the last consultation with an overwhelming majority against the proposals.
Reasons for objecting to the BBC’s proposals can be found here on the new consultation responder page.