BBC Drama boss explains ‘incredibly difficult’ decision to axe Holby City
The BBC drama boss has explained the decision behind axing Holby City.
Back in June, the BBC announced the very popular drama would air it’s final episode next March.
A statement from the BBC at the time said: ‘We are incredibly proud of Holby City but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.
‘We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s commitment to make more programmes across the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to bring the show to a close in order to reshape the BBC’s drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.
Since them, fans have campaigned to try and save the show.
A Change.Org petition that was created hours after the cancellation news broke currently has over 43,000 signatures.
However, despite the effort from fans, it appears the BBC is showing no sign of going back on their decision just yet.
‘It was an incredibly difficult decision’, BBC drama boss Piers Wenger told What to Watch and other press recently.
‘But you know, when Tim Davie [Director General of BBC] gave us some very clear direction on wanting to make more drama across the UK, we knew we had EastEnders, Holby and Casualty – all of which are based in the South, albeit Casualty in Wales.
We know we needed to reflect life across the whole of England, which is why we’ve chosen to bring back Waterloo Road’.
During the interview, Piers was asked whether fans campaigning to save the show may inspire a change of heart, but he didn’t exactly answer the question.
Waterloo Road’s return was announced back in September, but it’s left many Holby City fans somewhat disgruntled the school-based drama will replace Holby in it’s Tuesday 8pm slot on BBC One.
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