Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell has called on the BBC to keep their BBC Three channel.

The Labour MP yesterday (Tuesday) tabled an early day motion (EDM) urging the BBC to scrap the proposal, which will save the corporation £50million. The move was announced earlier this month.

The motion notes that the channel has spawned hugely popular series such as Little Britain and Gavin Stacey, and outlines concerns that the move follows job cuts as a result of a freeze in the licence fee, and could result in further redundancies.

It calls on the BBC to “commit to an uprating of the TV licence by at least the rate of inflation in order to ensure that quality diverse public service broadcasting that plays an enormous role in the broader creative industry can continue to flourish.”

EDMs is a request for a debate on a single issue, but they rarely make it to discussion in the House of Commons.

BBC Three will be moved to the online iPlayer service in autumn 2015, and its budget slashed from £85m to £25m, of which £30m will be invested in drama on BBC One.

It will be the first TV channel to be decommissioned in the BBC’s history.

BBC Three has been on our screens in February 2003, and has the biggest market share of 16 to 34-year-olds in the UK.

Uxbridge Gazette March 12 2014

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