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BBC Three 'axing' provokes strong celebrity reaction

Stars of BBC Three and celebrities inclusing including Jack Whitehall and Matt Lucas had launched a campaign to save the youth channel when it was earlier reported to be under threat:

The campaign has spawned the hashtag #SaveBBC3, and echoes previous efforts to save BBC radio channel 6Music, which was due to be disbanded four years ago but was kept after more than 100,000 people joined online campaigns to rescue it.

The BBC is in the process of making savings of £100 million, and the organisation's director general, Tony Hall, has said he faces "tough choices" in making the cuts.

Comedy agent to the stars Addison Cresswell dies

Some of Britain's most famous comedians have paid tribute to comedy agent and producer Addison Cresswell, who has died at the age of 53.

Mr Cresswell guided the careers of stars such as Jonathan Ross and Jack Dee and was regarded as one of the most influential figures in British comedy.

His production company Open Mike has been responsible for a number of popular TV shows such as Channel 4's Comedy Gala, Live At The Apollo and Stand up For The Week.

A spokesman said: "He leaves behind a proud legacy in his tireless charity work, initiating and organising the annual Channel 4 Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital."

Jack Whitehall, who was crowned king of British comedy earlier this month for his role in Channel 4's Fresh Meat, tweeted: