BBC Three


Ofcom: BBC sustainability at risk as ‘lost generation’ switches off

The BBC risks a “lost generation” of younger viewers as its reach among 16-24 drops below 50% for the first time, according to Ofcom’s latest annual report on the public broadcaster. The regulator said that the pubcaster will face a threat to its future sustainability if it cannot engage young people sufficiently. Ofcom’s study of […]

BBC to create BBC Three strip on BBC One

The BBC is to create a dedicated slot devoted to the best of BBC Three programming on its flagship channel. From March 4, programmes from the BBC’s youth-focused online-only channel will air on BBC One from 22:35 from Monday to Wednesday after a truncated News at Ten. The Question Time discussion show will continue to […]

BBC Three secures extra £10m for new programming

The UK’s youth-focused online TV channel, BBC Three, has secured an additional £10 million (€11.2 million) for new formats as it expands its commissioning remit. BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh said the cash influx came at “an exciting creative moment for the channel and the production community”. This comes two years after BBC Three became the […]

BBC Three produces most-watched show on iPlayer

The BBC’s youth skewing, online-only network, BBC Three, has produced the most requested show of the year so far on the BBC iPlayer, according to the corporation. With 3 million requests, British drama Thirteen is the most requested show on BBC iPlayer so far in 2016, while seven of the top 20 most-request shows on […]

Thinkbox: Commercial TV viewing up after BBC3 online move

Commercial TV viewing on television sets was up in the in the UK in the first half of 2016 thanks in part to BBC Three’s move from linear to online, according to new research by Thinbox. The marketing body for commercial TV in the UK said that it is likely that the closure of BBC Three’s […]

BBC Three claims online success

Strong viewing figures for new BBC Three drama Thirteen shows that the youth network’s content “cuts through with a young audience wherever it is,” according to Damian Kavanagh. In a blog post that marks six weeks since BBC Three moved online-only, the network’s digital controller said that Thirteen has had over 2.4m requests so far – […]

STV’s City TV channels to take BBC Three slot on Freeview

Scottish broadcaster STV’s City TV channels will be bumped up the Freeview TV guide, following BBC Three’s move to online-only. Under the changes, STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow, which are currently listed on the Freeview electronic programming guide (EPG) at position 23, will move up to channel number 8. STV’s planned City TV channels for […]

BBC Three to go online only tomorrow

The linear feed of the BBC’s youth channel, BBC Three, is due to go dark tomorrow, making its move to online-only. The service will cease to operate as a linear channel at the close of tonight’s broadcast – at 03:55 tomorrow morning. The last scheduled programme to appear on the TV feed is a rerun […]

BBC3 online, mobile platforms revealed as linear switch-off looms

The BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16. At an event in London yesterday to preview the reinvented BBC Three, the broadcaster announced a new online home for the channel, The Best Of, and a new […]

Consultation launched over BBC3’s vacated EPG slot

Digital UK, the organisation that manages the Freeview EPG, has launched a consultation about what should happen to BBC Three’s channel slot after it goes online only. BBC Three currently occupies channel seven on the electronic programme guide of the Freeview digital terrestrial platform. Digital UK said the consultation will seek to ensure that “any […]

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