Furious Victoria Derbyshire fans launch petition to reinstate unfairly axed show

Victoria Derbyshire fans have been left devastated following the news that the long-running BBC show has been axed.

The shock binning has led furious fans to take matters into their own hands by launching a petition to revive the show, which has already got more than 15,000 signatures.

The prompt petition was set up by devoted fan Katie Kendrick, who says Victoria has delivered exceptional award-winning journalism over the years.

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The BBC’s decision to axe Derbyshire’s award-winning show met with severe backlash, not only from fans but from the presenter herself.

Speaking about her own experience on the show, Katie said Victoria gave her the platform she needed to air her grievances about social issues in the UK.

"I was once a guest on the show and spoke about leaseholders trapped in the Leasehold Scandal," she told Mirror Online.

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"The Victoria Derbyshire team gave me a voice, supported me and others affected in what could have been a very daunting experience."

The appeal, which was only set up yesterday, already has more than 10,000 signatures – two-thirds its 15,000 target.

"The BBC provides a public service which is paid for by the public. Balanced news coverage is a civil right in a publicly funded organisation; therefore I would urge they listen to the public and reconsider their decision," Katie went on.

"I fear the public will not have a platform to have their voices heard without this unique show. One has to question is this the actual intention of the BBC?"

Victoria, 51, confessed she was left “devastated” by the news, which she found out in a Times newspaper story on Wednesday.

The presenter tweeted to say she was "gutted particularly for our brilliant, young, ambitious, talented team".

The Victoria Derbyshire Show will come off air later this year as part of a plan to save £80m in BBC News. Fran Unsworth, the BBC's head of news, said it had "not been an easy decision".

Writing on Twitter, Derbyshire added that she was "unbelievably proud" of what the show had achieved.

"Absolutely devastated at the plan to end our programme (which I first learned about in yesterday’s Times). I’m unbelievably proud of what our team and our show have achieved in under 5 years.

"…breaking tonnes of original stories (which we were asked to do); attracting a working class, young, diverse audience that BBC radio & TV news progs just don’t reach (which we were asked to do); & smashing the digital figures (which we were asked to do)."

She finished off her heartfelt statement by proclaiming her love for the people of the UK who gave her and her colleagues a 'voice'.

She added: "I’m gutted particularly for our brilliant, young, ambitious, talented team – love ‘em. And for all those people we gave a voice to. Love them too."

The petition at hand, pleads with the BBC to reconsider their decision.

Creator Katie insists that the show is 'VITAL' journalism that brings with it campaigning and integrity to important social issues.

"It is a lifeline to ordinary people" she added.

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