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BBC4 Could be Spared the Axe as BBC3 Cut Looms

By Gerald Lynch on at

The axe is yet to fall, but it seems that BBC4 has been given a stay of execution, with the youth-orientated light entertainment channel BBC3 instead set for the switch off as part of the Beeb's cost-cutting measures.

Director General Tony Hall is expected to announce the £100m-saving plan later this month, before putting it forward to the BBC Trust for approval. Seen as the BBC's home for comedy, many comedians and celebrities, alongside viewers, have taken to Twitter to protest the decision, with the #savebbc3 hashtag trending. For now, the news remains a rumour, but certainly a plausible one, given the publicly-funded broadcaster's plans to cut costs by £700 million.

It's possible that BBC3 could live on as an online-only iPlayer station (where many of its shows currently debut), while BBC4 may also change from its current form, merging with BBC2. [Guardian]