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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The future of BBC3


After a lot of speculation, petitions and conversations on whether it was actually a smart decision or not, it would seem the BBC Trust is going to send BBC Three online.

Rona Fairhead told the Culture, Media and Sport Committee at a select hearing that the final review of BBC Three isn't finished, but that the way people watch television is changing.

"If you look at the statistics, it will show that a group of the public are watching less, they are certainly watching very differently, although sometimes they view by appointment, typically they eat or watch on the go through devices that they have."

It was recently reported that the BBC has rejected approaches to keep BBC Three as a broadcast TV station. Several avenues apparently opened to save the channel from the axe in autumn 2015.

Big BBC Three programmes like Bad Education have recently completed their runs whilst other big hits for the channel like Russell Howard's Good News have been given a promotion to BBC Two. It is expected that popular series like Don't Tell the Bride will return for a final run before the channel moves to its new platform and the channel have recently confirmed a new strand of documentaries for the next few months.  Speaking at a recent television festival in Edinburgh Director of television at the BBC Danny Cohen seemed to suggest that some BBC Three hits would get late night airings on the main channels but nothing had been officially decided about which shows would make the transition.

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