You have less than 12 hours to have your say on the future of BBC3

The BBC Trust's final consultation on the future of BBC3 closes at midnight on Wednesday 30 September

This is the final chance to have your say on the future of BBC3.


There are less than 12 hours until the BBC Trust closes its public consultation on BBC3’s proposed move online, but you can still have your say about the plans here before 11:59pm on Wednesday 30th September.

Olivia Colman, Aidan Turner and Daniel Radcliffe are among a host of stars who have campaigned to try and stop the channel’s closure. Campaign group Save BBC3 has also attempted to mobilise public support.

The BBC Trust already provisionally approved plans to move the channel online in June, setting January 2016 as a proposed date, although this second call for viewer comments can still influence the regulator’s final decision.

To have your say, fill out the online survey at the bottom of this page

According to research, BBC3 costs 35p per month for license fee payers, compared to £4.40 per month for BBC1.

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If the BBC Trust approves the plans, it will be a matter of months before BBC3 closes as a broadcast channel and transfers to online.

While the move is expected to be confirmed, any viewer comments submitted before the Wednesday deadline could still affect the final decision, and influence the kinds of programmes BBC1, 2 and 3 are required to make.

As well as the online survey, campaign group Save BBC3 have created a suggested letter template that their supporters can send to the BBC Trust.

Shows including Gavin & Stacey, Torchwood, Little Britain and Don’t Tell the Bride all started out on BBC3 before moving on to other channels, and the BBC Trust has recognised that without BBC3 there will be fewer places for the BBC to take “risks” with new talent.

As part of the BBC Trust’s provisional report, it asked for “a commitment to a space on broadcast television (not just on BBC3 online) where risks can be taken with new talent and new ideas of the sort that BBC3 has been successful in developing.”

Poldark star Aidan Turner told that without his break on BBC3’s Being Human he probably wouldn’t have got bigger roles on films like The Hobbit.

“The channel has been the foundation of a lot of really great home-grown British TV and it would be a shame if we ever lost that,” he added. 

BBC3 recently commissioned what could prove to be its last drama as a broadcast channel. Aneurin Barnard and Jodie Comer are set to star in Thirteen, about a young woman called Ivy Moxham who is released from a cellar after 13 years in captivity.



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