The BBC may drop the venerable astronomy program The Sky at Night, which has been on the air since 1957.
There's a petition at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-bbc-please-do-not-axe-the-sky-at-night
Sic itur ad astra!
Chance favors the prepared mind.
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
I rarely watched it but I signed the petition last week.
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The words being used by the BBC are 'it will be reviewed at the end of the year'. I think they are testing the reaction, and we need to make sure they know that the only serious UK astronomy programme has a lot of people backing it.
Thanks for flagging this up, Dave.
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I guess the BBC was just waiting for Sir Patrick Moore to die before trying to cancel the show. I do worry that if the BBC program dies than perhaps the excellent Sky at Night magazine will not be far behind. Please sign the petition and keep this special programme alive for all of us.
A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.
It is all a bit strange. The Sky at Night must be one of the cheapest TV programmes to make. It fulfils an educational and factual remit. It has no local equivalents. It must be one of the most watched programmes on BBC4 since it has an existing loyal following. It now lacks its most obvious asset, which is Sir Patrick Moore, but it has built up a varied team of presenters which spans the spectrum that the show covers. The BBC is hardly 'anti-astronomy' as they have pushed the annual 'Stargazing Live' events I can't see why they would want to cancel it. I imagine it is some new buck in the management who thinks that they have to introduce massive change in order to be seen to be doing something.
It is difficult to protest. I've joking suggested suicide bombing the BBC HQ and sabotaging their transmitters but, apart from a petition, what else can we do?
How can I be at one with the universe when we don't know what 96% of it actually is?
In the end we can only write a complaint.
I am hoping that rather than cancelling the programme they will re-vamp it. It could do with an 'anchor' with a bit of a personality. The problem is finding one with a wide knowledge of astronomy.
The light pollution can't be helping. I ran across an article, I think it was in The Telegraph, about people complaining about lights on some proposed wind turbines interfering with some kind of dark park they have over there in the UK. I think it was in Scotland. The reference is in one of the recent 'Dave's Universe' columns if you want to read it. I got it wrong. Dave listed it correctly so you can just go back through the comments a week of two back and it will pop up if anyone wants to read the article. Check out the bear trash bin video on The Telegraph if you want a GREAT laugh. You couldn't make that one up.
The story is here. but I think it has little to do with the future of 'The Sky at Night'
If the BBC goes ahead and cancles the Sky At Night, what do other members of this forum think will replace it? This is my first post.
In the end we can only write a complaint.
The BBC doesn't really respond to complaints. Seeing as almost everyone in the UK pays for it whether they would like to or not, they just do what they want.A few years ago when the announced that Casualty was relocating from Bristol to Cardiff the whole city was in uproar. Petitions where signed and some of the cast threatened to leave having some affinity with Bristol. In the end the BBC were just like the proverbial 'stubborn mule'. Bristol's iconic skyline and landscape was lost from national television replaced with Cardiff's drab one.
The moral. Whilst I hope they do change their minds or at least see the hornet's nest before it's kicked, if the BBC want to axe a program there's very little that will stop them.
I didn't say it would be effective. However the biggest enemy to justice is silence - so we write.
There are a lot of big names in various scientific fields who grew up with The Sky at Night that might be pursuaded to kick up a fuss too.
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