The BBC has announced that BBC 3 is to be shut in order to save money.

The service is to be moved to the iPlayer. The channel is being shut for cost cutting measures. Its costs will be reduced from £90m to £25m and the channel is set to stop broadcasting in 2015.

The digital television channel first broadcast in 2003 and is targeted towards 16-34 years and has been home to hit TV series such as Ja’mie Private School Girl, Gavin and Stacey, Family Guy and Torchwood which starred John Barrowman.

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On average 9 million people tune into BBC 3 each week.

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A number of celebrities have come forward to show their support for BBC 3 and a Twitter hashtag #SaveBBC3 has been trending for two days in the United Kingdom.