BBC Three

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 […]

BBC clashes with ITV over public broadcaster role

UK public broadcaster the BBC has slammed commercial rival ITV, rebuking a number of claims made over the running and structure of the organisation. Debate of the future of the BBC is raging as concerns over its budget, public service remit and relationship with government emerge ahead of charter renewal next year. ITV CEO Adam […]

Ovum: BBC Three online transition a ‘disaster’

The closure of the BBC Three linear channel in the UK is “a disaster disguised as a pioneering strategic initiative”, according to an influential media analyst at research house Ovum. In a blog post entitled ‘Why the BBC is wrong about kids and TV’, Ovum’s digital media practice leader Nick Thomas said the decision to […]

Commercial broadcasters call for BBC reforms

The Commercial Broadcasters Association has called for new rules to force the BBC to make a better case for new services it plans to launch. COBA is the industry group for the UK’s commercial broadcasters and said that the onus should be on UK pubcaster the BBC to ‘convincingly and demonstrably’ prove new services provide […]

BBC Three to close by February as Trust approves online transition

The BBC Trust has approved plans to close down BBC Three as a broadcast channel and move it online, with closure to be phased in over the first two months of next year, and has set out a number of conditions to ensure that younger audiences continue to be well-served. There will be a phased […]

BBC Three to go online only from March 2016

The BBC plans to turn youth network BBC Three into an online-only service from March 1, 2016 and increase the volume of BBC Three shows on BBC One and Two from the autumn. In a response to the June ruling in which the BBC’s governing body provisionally approved taking BBC Three online-only, the BBC Executive […]