At a ‘tense’ meeting today between BBC bosses and independent comedy producers it was suggested that an ‘online’ BBC3 would start to focus on short shareable comedy clips to meet an overall smaller budget for BBC3.
Today’s meeting, Broadcast Magazine reports, was a heated one from both sides. BBC bosses including the Director of Television Danny Cohen and BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh revealed that the direction would instead head towards short videos that could be easily shared online.
Panel shows including some sitcom comedies could be off the menu if the proposals are given the ‘green light’ in the Autumn.
Just 1% of the BBC’s budget is spent on BBC3’s target audience. This would be cut to 0.6% under the proposals… unless BBC3 is saved. Campaigners believe if the proposals go ahead this will mark the end of the programming we all know and love.
Over 290,000 people have signed the #SaveBBC3 petition at change.org/savebbc3 and there is still a chance the proposals can be stopped. An initial proposal as to whether these plans are approved or not is expected this month.
Two producers that are helping the fight are Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday who have written in the Independent today lambasting BBC management. It can be read in full detail here.
Last week BBC Free Speech tweeted that it’s online accounts were being wound down, and that there were no plans to return to BBC3 in the near future.
- The BBC has promised to provide further information about its proposals to clarify the future of favourite shows.