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BBC Delays Online Shift of Youth Channel BBC3

LONDON — The BBC has pushed back the transformation of its youth channel BBC3 into an online-only platform to 2016.

The British state-owned broadcaster’s proposal, which has yet to gain the backing of its governing body, the BBC Trust, was due to be put into effect this fall.

The Trust won’t make its preliminary ruling until June at the earliest, which wouldn’t give the BBC time to develop its marketing push for the new venture, according to BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh.

Kavanagh told Broadcast magazine: “Once we have the Trust’s final decision, we’ll start doing more online and in social, building up to a move online-only after Christmas.”

He added: “You simply can’t turn around something as groundbreaking as this overnight. We won’t be rushed. We will do what’s right for our fans, not to satisfy deadlines,” he said.

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