Jack Whitehall, Matt Lucas and Chris Chibnall take to Twitter in support of BBC3

Stacey Dooley, Rick Edwards, Jameela Jamil and Sweat the Small Stuff are also among those tweeting in response to the #SaveBBC3 campaign

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Jack Whitehall, Matt Lucas and Chris Chibnall take to Twitter in support of BBC3
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Rumours are rife that BBC3 is facing the axe after Tony Hall announced that "hard decisions" need to be made in the face of £100m in savings cuts. Bad news for loyal viewers and those owing the youth-aimed channel their first big break.

But it seems that if BBC3 is really going down, it'll do so fighting, with many already stirred into action on Twitter. #SaveBBC3 is top of the trends thanks to scores of fans and a growing batch of famous faces (admittedly, many of them with vested interests) tweeting their support...

BBC3 presenters Greg James, Rick Edwards and Jake Humphrey have all encouraged followers to support the #SaveBBC3 campaign:

The Revolution Will Be Televised funnymen, Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein, also had their say...

... meanwhile, @archemilylauren made the very valid point: 

Stacey Dooley and Jack Whitehall – two of the channel's biggest stars – added their voices to the mix, lauding BBC3 for its documentary output and as a breeding ground for young comics...

Fellow BBC3 alumni Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas and Torchwood showrunner (and Broadchurch creator) Chris Chibnall also entered the debate...

Meanwhile, the prospect of losing BBC3's youthful voice was a main concern for presenter Jameela Jamil, writer Leo Richardson and comedy panel show Sweat the Small Stuff:

Being Twitter, there were, inevitably, those making light of the situation... 

And a few were ambivalent at best...

But among BBC3's fans, outrage and disbelief were prevalent, with scores of tweeters sharing their favourite programmes and memories of the channel: