BBC Confirms Closure of BBC Three as Linear TV Channel

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LONDON — The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has approved plans to close its youth channel BBC Three as a linear TV channel by February. It will be replaced by an online platform.

The online service will have a budget of £30 million ($45.3 million), of which about £6 million ($9.06 million) will go on short-form content.

The BBC Trust justified its decision by stating that “younger audiences are watching more online and watching less linear TV,” and the move will “contribute to the significant savings the BBC is currently making.”

The BBC Trust implemented two conditions on the broadcaster. First, all BBC Three long-form content will be transmitted on BBC One and BBC Two. Second, BBC One and BBC Two should be obliged to “take creative risks and regularly experiment with new talent and new ideas” as part of their license agreements.

Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three, said: “Today is just the beginning for BBC Three and our plans to transform our offer for young people. We have lots of new content coming in 2016 and exciting new ways of delivering it in development. We will now set about launching a digital-first BBC Three in early 2016.”

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  1. Good idea and BBC Alwasy New innovatio i journalism field. congratulations. team.

    • Richard Norman says:

      That’s actually the wrong answer. BBC3 is worth broadcasting. Not everyone is online.

      The internet structure of the UK is not good – so I predict the ratings will drop if this goes through.

      Notice how the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, magically found billions of “spare” cash down the back of the sofa last week – when it suited him and his ambition to become the next Prime Minister.

      The BBC is currently being given a good kicking by the Conservative Government that was backed by Rupert Murdoch. He can’t wait for the demise of the BBC so he can mop up their audience.

      The BBC is the greatest broadcasting innovator – you are correct about that – but we need to let it experiment, (yes, with our Licence Fee money), and not restrict its services.

      Lastly, we need to free up the radio spectrum by switching to Digital in the near future, this will allow a raft of new TV options.

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