BBC Three move ‘delayed until 2016’
23 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
BBC Three is home to shows such as Russell Howard’s Good News
Plans to move BBC Three online have been delayed as the corporation waits for the BBC Trust to approve its proposals.
The channel was originally supposed to become an online-only brand in autumn 2015, but its boss said the shift would not now occur until “after Christmas”.
“We won’t be rushed. We will do what’s right for our fans, not to satisfy deadlines,” said Damian Kavanagh.
The Trust is expected to deliver its decision on the move in June.
It is currently holding a public consultation into the proposals.
“Once we have the Trust’s final decision, we’ll start doing more online and in social [media], building up to a move online,” Kavanagh told Broadcast magazine.
“You simply can’t turn around something as groundbreaking as this overnight.”
Damian Kavanagh said plans to move BBC Three online would not be rushed
The youth channel was earmarked for closure as a linear TV channel by BBC director general Tony Hall last year.
Under current proposals, it will be remodelled as an online platform, offering tailored content based around comedy and thought-provoking programming.
Programmes will not just live on iPlayer, but will be distributed on third party sites including YouTube and Facebook.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment