Plans for the future of BBC Three have been announced, including a move to online broadcasting 24 hours a day and an emphasis on long form content.
The remodelled service will offer tailored content based around comedy and thought-provoking programming.
The removal of the channel from digital terrestrial will make room for a BBC One+1 service, while CBBC will be extended by two hours in the evening.
Director general Tony Hall called it an “exciting and ambitious proposal”.
He added the proposals – which will generate savings of £50m for the corporation – were “difficult decisions” in the face of a frozen licence fee.
The plans will have to be approved by the BBC Trust, who will consult with the public from the beginning of next year.
The new online version of BBC Three will involve different forms and programming formats, varying durations and interactive content.
Damian Kavanagh, who is leading the proposals, said BBC Three would be “reinvented for the digital age” and reflect the growing trend of young people consuming television online.
“This is not moving a TV channel and putting it online. This is new. We are the first broadcaster in the world to propose something like this,” he added.
The new BBC One+1 channel – which will occupy the space left by BBC Three – will enable viewers without access to broadband and iPlayer greater availability to programmes.
The BBC has been keen to stress linear TV is still important for younger audiences.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment