Furious presenters and viewers campaign against BBC 4 closure threat
Furious BBC Four presenters are being backed by tens of thousands of viewers in a campaign to secure the future of the channel.
The presenters including regular Clive Conway Productions speaker, historian Lucy Worsley, swung into action after suggestions that bosses were planning to shut the BBC Four service in a cost-cutting exercise.
With a massive gap in its financial plans after Covid-19 forced the delay of plans to scrap free TV licences for the over 75s, the corporation is exploring ways of reallocating existing funds.
They feel that BBC Four with its art and history programmes and Scandi noir crime dramas is watched by a minority audience. Well maybe but it also screens some of the best quality TV available via the Beeb.
The corporation has denied that the channel will be axed. However the signs are ominous and insiders have claimed that the channel may either be merged with BBC2 or only exist as an online service by the end of the year.
Its presenters and supposed niche audience is both influential and vocal. An online petition has already been launched and Twitter has been alive with comments condemning any moves to close the much-loved channel.
In advance of her new show Lucy Worsley’s Royal Photo Album which launched on the channel earlier this week. Lucy tweeted: “NEW SHOW on @BBCFour tonight - and long may those who love @BBCFour continue to read those words!”
While art historian Dr Janina Ramirez tweeted: “Word on the street is we NEED to let @bbc know we want @BBCFOUR to STAY!!!! Use the hashtag #LoveBBCFour. Spread it, share it, shout about it or we lose it...... go!!!!
Fellow arts presenter Waldermar Januszczak said: “Art lovers - am I sure the BBC is trying to axe BBC4 under the cover of the Great Lockdown! No. But it’s information that’s been swirling around the newspaper world. And until someone from the BBC comes out and squashes the rumour, I’m inclined to believe it. #save #BBC4"
Meanwhile Lucy Worsley will be back with Clive Conway Productions later this year giving a series of talks on our fascination with murder. Our current scheduling has Lucy Worsley - A Very British Murder kicking off at The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 21st September Find out more on Lucy's own website www.lucyworsley.com at the theatre site www.newvictheatre.org.uk Also keep an eye on these pages for any possible date changes.