BBC Three

BBC Three sets February 1 as linear comeback date

BBC Three will return to UK TVs on February 1, the embattled pubcaster has announced. Unveiling a rebrand which trades purple for green, BBC Three will return as a TV channel six years after becoming an online-only service. The channel will occupy the same spot as children’s broadcaster CBBC. The channel will broadcast BBC Three […]

Ofcom approves BBC Three TV comeback

BBC Three, the UK online network behind shows including Fleabag and Killing Eve, has been approved by media regular Ofcom for a linear return in February 2022. The announcement follows news earlier this year that BBC Three would return as a broadcast channel – then expected to be in January – six years after it was moved to […]

BBC Three gets approval for linear comeback

BBC Three has been given provisional approval from Ofcom to return to the airwaves. The channel was taken offline in 2016, and was moved to be a portal for more experimental and youth-oriented content on the BBC iPlayer. Following the success of lockdown hit series Normal People however, reports began to emerge that the BBC […]

BBC Three to return as linear channel after six-year online hiatus

BBC Three, the UK online network behind shows including Fleabag and Killing Eve, is to return as a linear channel in January 2022, six years after it was moved to become online-only. Last year, the BBC said that it was “considering the case” for reviving the channel and has plans to double its programming budget over the next […]

BBC Three audience has ‘collapsed’ since shift to digital

The BBC’s decision to take BBC Three off the air and make it an iPlayer-exclusive channel reportedly cost it almost 90% of its viewership. According to a new study from Enders Analysis found that while switching off the linear channel has saved the broadcaster £30 million a year, the digital-only strategy has not been popular […]

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 […]

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