BBC Three To Go Off Air From February 2016

The youth-focussed channel is to move solely online.

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  • · Posted 27 months Ago
  •  BY Joe Reeve

BBC Three is to finally go off air as a traditional TV channel early next year after the BBC Trust formally approved proposals to move the channel online from February 2016.

Back in March 2014 the BBC announced plans for the youth-focussed channel to make the move, but delayed as they allowed for a full public consultation into the decision. A petition was signed by more than 270,000 people campaigning against the closure, with stars including Matt Lucas, Daniel Radcliffe and Olivia Coleman all speaking out against the move.

Speaking about the closure, BBC Trustee Suzanna Taverne said in statement:

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"The plans enable the BBC to deliver more distinctive content online, while bearing down on costs; to address concerns about the impact of moving BBC Three online, we have set new requirements for programmes for younger audiences on BBC One and Two."

The closure of BBC Three is expected to to save 30 million, which is to be invested in BBC One drama.

BBC Three was launched in 2003 and has hosted programmes such as Gavin & Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Don’t Tell The Bride and Little Britain.

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Source: bbc
Tags: bbc three, bbc, tv
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