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Arts and culture channel BBC4 reprieved but youth service will be available online only as Tony Hall seeks £100m savings
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Some of the BBC's biggest names have joined the backlash against the broadcaster's decision to close its youth channel BBC3 after 11 years.
The BBC will confirm on Thursday that the channel is being axed by director general Tony Hall as part of a plan to make £100m of savings, much of which will be pumped into drama and children's programming.
The channel, which was home to critically acclaimed shows such as Gavin and Stacey as well as less regarded ones such as Hotter Than My Daughter, will continue online, with many of its programmes available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
But its budget and range of programmes will be dramatically cut back, »
- John Plunkett
BBC Three has always been an easy target. Right from its inception, the channel came in for criticism - whether it was people turning their noses up at Snog, Marry, Avoid or middle class, middle-aged mutters about where the licence fee was going.
So when the news broke today that BBC Three is being axed as a regular, broadcast channel - and moving solely online - I wasn't surprised. Sure, the station has produced high quality drama, comedy and entertainment. Sure, it picks up higher ratings than some of the other BBC brands. Sure, it's pretty much the only BBC channel aimed at young people. But, well, it's always been an easy target.
I have sympathy for the BBC. They've been stuck between a rock and a hard place in recent years, as the recession bit and funding was squeezed. With a coalition government that's never been too warm towards »
Picked up by the BBC after initially airing a pilot on Channel 4, the show follows the story of a dissolute out-of work musician, who forges an unlikely alliance with his 12-year-old nephew Errol.
Speaking about the plot, Helm said: "Across the series, Andy learns to be less selfish, and to be more responsible... basically, he grows up.
"At the start of the series, Andy is a typical 30-something man-child: he's completely stuck in being a teenager and he's made to look after his 12-year-old nephew, who is old before his time.
"They learn from each other - it's all very moral."
The comedian claimed that the project was inspired by West Anderson's Royal Tenenbaums, and said that it fitted into the history of Baby Cow comedy productions.
"[Baby Cow has] produced some of »
ITV's Splash!, the celebrity diving show that recovered from ridicule and a few flop performances early on to become the sleeper hit of 2013, is back!
Tonight five stars, including Towie's Gemma Collins and Hollyoaks favourite Gemma Merna, will cast aside their dressing gowns, prance over to the diving board in their skimpy swimsuits and attempt to pull out something better than a belly flop, all in a bid to impress mentor Tom Daley and us viewers.
Join Digital Spy from 7.20pm as hosts Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay present a shamelessly cheesy 90 minutes of gawking at celebrities' bodies before forcing them to fall from a great height. Go on, don't act like you won't be giving it a whirl...
20:50Thanks for joining us for the Splash! premiere live blog everyone. In what is surely the best bit of TV scheduling ever, the new series of Take Me Out is next up, »
4 items from 2014
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