Petition Tag - bbc4

1. Save BBC 4!

If you value broadcasting that goes beyond Top Gear, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Come Dine With Me and other associated bilge then listen up. They are cutting BBC 4's budget, getting rid of all original comedy and drama.

BBC 4 was the first channel to broadcast Newswipe, Getting On, The Thick of It, Mad Men, The Killing, Spiral, The Road to Coronation Street and so on. Not to mention the hours and hours of amazing documentaries about science, music and art (and yes, many niche subjects, but every subject has it's audience). Some people might feel that some BBC 4 fans are snobbish and it doesn't attract enough viewers to give value for money. But isn't there more to television than 'value for money?' There needs to be broadcasting that looks beyond the mainstream.

BBC 4 is truly distinctive in the media landscape, its unique, different to the television available on commercial networks. Ok, it broadcasts plenty of stuff that some of us might not choose to watch, stuff that’s a bit too nerdy or not to our taste. But the point is that no one else would broadcast this amazing, crazy stuff, especially not a commercial network. Why would they want to show a season about say, Neuroscience when they can give us another cliched Cop drama? It would be a shame if BBC 4 was lost. SAVE BBC 4! Raaar.