BBC One HD to launch this autumn

The BBC will begin broadcasting a high-definition version of BBC One later this year.

The simulcast channel will be made available to all of the UK’s digital platforms, including Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media, this autumn. It will not replace the existing BBC HD channel, which the public broadcaster said would extend its regular broadcast hours over the next few months from around nine hours a day to 12.

In preparation for the launch of BBC One HD, the broadcaster will begin producing a range of programming in HD, including EastEnders, Holby City, The One Show, The Apprentice, The Weakest Link and QI.

Danielle Nagler, head of BBC HD, said: “HD is the future of television: people who have HD have clearly told us that they want more of their licence fee-funded content in HD. I’m delighted that the HD simulcast of BBC One will become available on satellite, on cable, and now also on Freeview’s new HD service. This is a key moment for us on the journey to HD becoming the norm for all our programmes and channels.”

The BBC Trust, the BBC’s governing body, has given its approval of the launch.

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