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Labour MPs call to save BBC Three and increase licence fee

A Labour MP has tabled an early day motion in the Houses of Parliament in a bid to stop the closure of BBC Three. 

John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, called upon the corporation to go back on its decision to close BBC Three as a broadcast channel. 

The motion, co-sponsored by Culture, Media and Sport Committee member Austin Mitchell MP (Labour), said it was concerned by attempts to move BBC Three online. 

According to a report by Broadcast magazine, the motion said that changes to the service would lead to compulsory redundancies. 

“BBC Three has given birth to hugely popular content such as Little Britain and Gavin and Stacey, alongside innovative current affairs programmes aimed at a youth audience such as the 60 Seconds format,” it was reported in Hansard

The motion urged BBC management to take this proposal off the table pending the outcome of negotiations over the forthcoming renewal of the licence fee next year.  

McDonnell’s motion also argued that the TV licence fee should be increased in line with inflation to ensure that quality diverse public service broadcasting that plays an enormous role in the broader creative industry can continue to flourish.” 

The motion was backed by fellow MP Jeremy Corbyn. 

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