Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Doctor Who Confidential axed by BBC Three

Doctor Who Confidential has been cancelled by BBC after six years, it has emerged today.

The behind the scenes companion show, launched on BBC Three in 2005, will end on Saturday at 8.35pm.

According to The Guardian, the programme has been scrapped by controller Zai Bennett as part of the corporation's Delivering Quality First initiative which is cutting 20% of the BBC's output due to the government's TV licence fee settlement.

Speaking last month at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Bennett said: "It's about focusing my budget on 9pm and 10.30pm; those are the time slots that count. Budgets are tight, so we have to be sensible with the money we have."
A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Doctor Who Confidential has been a great show for BBC3 over the years but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel."

Fans have already begun campaigning to save the programme by sending complaints to the corporation via the BBC complaints website.

The Twitter account @SaveDWC has already amassed over 2000 followers with support from Doctor Who writer Neil Gaiman, while the phrase 'Doctor Who Confidential' has been a trending topic on the social networking website.


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