BBC Three

BBC Trust calls for managed transition on BBC Three, rejects BBC One +1

The BBC Trust has approved the closure of BBC Three and its reinvention as an online-only service but expressed concern about the sort-term impact on audience reach. According to the Trust’s public value assessment, the closure of the service will save £30 million (€42 million) a year and its proposed online replacement will be “more distinctive […]

Save BBC Three campaign gathers industry support

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

BBC Three pushes online-only plans to 2016

The BBC has pushed back plans to relaunch its youth-skewing channel BBC Three as an online-only network to 2016, according to BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh.  Speaking to Broadcast magazine, Kavangh said: “You simply can’t turn around something as groundbreaking as this overnight. We won’t be rushed.” He added that the BBC will now gear […]

BBC ‘not throwing away’ BBC Three, says Cohen

BBC director of television, Danny Cohen, has claimed that after years of building up BBC Three the corporation is “not throwing that away” by taking it online only.  In an open letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville, who have staged a public attempt to take over the youth-skewing network through their production companies Avalon and […]

Petition to save BBC Three delivered to Trust

A petition signed by more than 270,000 people, opposing plans to take youth-skewing network BBC Three online only, has been delivered to the BBC Trust.  Campaigners delivered the petition in person yesterday to the BBC’s governing body on the final day of the public consultation into the plans to move the linear channel online. A […]

Girls creator in BBC digital experiment

The writer of HBO drama Girls, Lena Dunham, is among names attached to BBC Taster, an experimental new platform for digital content and emerging technology. The UK’s pubcaster is billing Taster as “a place for the BBC to try new ways of telling stories, develop new talent, and put new technology through its paces”. This […]

BBC announces more iPlayer commissions

The BBC has announced a raft of new programming commissions that will appear exclusively on its online catch-up service, the iPlayer.  The new iPlayer originals include nine original comedy shorts will go live on the iPlayer on February 13 to mark Valentine’s Day, featuring comedians like Bill Bailey and Matt Berry. The BBC will also […]

BBC3 controller: channel not for sale

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh has stressed that the network is “not for sale”, a day after Avalon and Hat Trick said they had approached the BBC Trust about buying the youth channel. In a blog post to clarify the BBC’s position relating to the channel, which the BBC plans to take online only, Kavanagh […]

Avalon and Hat Trick launch BBC3 takeover attempt

UK production companies Avalon and Hat Trick have confirmed they are attempting to take over youth-skewing network BBC Three, as the BBC prepares to take the channel online only.  According to a spokesperson for the production companies, which are responsible for BBC Three shows like Russell Howard’s Good News and The Revolution Will Be Televised, […]

Street replaces Kavanagh at BBC Daytime

Jo Street has been named acting controller, daytime, at UK pubcaster the BBC following Damian Kavanagh’s switch to BBC Three digital controller. Street is currently responsible for daytime and early peak commissioning in Scotland and Northern Ireland as commissioning editor for daytime, working on shows such as Countryfile, Homes Under the Hammer and Eggheads. She […]