The BBC Trust has this week approved the proposal that the BBC made to change BBC Three from a broadcast channel to a zone on BBC iPlayer, and not only that but also to improve iPlayer’s services further and extend its CBBC offering.
In “early 2016” BBC Three will become a digital only channel as part of iPlayer, some of its long form programming that would normally be available on the TV channel will instead be broadcasted on BBC One or BBC Two as part of the plan instead, with the rest available on demand instead.
Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three explains more:
“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.”
Also as part of this plan, BBC Three will be shifted from a nine-hour a day proposition up to a 24 hour one, but with less long-form programming then it currently makes, instead the BBC will focus mainly on comedy and serious factual content for the service.
This is all part of BBC Three’s new £30 million budget, 80 per cent of which will be spent on long-form programming and 20 per cent on innovative digital project, with interactive content to be released that is based on regular programmes but also include stand alone content.
This will all work on a brand new BBC Three website, which has been designed for use with both tablets and computers, with short form content spread around the BBC’s various social media accounts.
With this the BBC will launch new BBC +1 channels on Freeview and paid TV services.
The BBC has yet to reveal an exact date for these plans to go ahead, we do know it will be sometime in 2016 however, we expect that now that they have approval from the BBC Trust it could be very soon.
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