BBC Three


Kavanagh named BBC Three online chief

Damian Kavanagh has been named as head of the new-look, online-only BBC Three. Kavanagh, currently controller of BBC Daytime at the UK pubcaster the BBC, as been the proposal lead on the controversial move to switch youth-skewed linear channel BBC Three to an online-only service. This week, the BBC formally outlined its proposal, claiming the […]

BBC to save £50 million by ‘reinventing’ BBC Three

The BBC’s plan to “reinvent” youth-skewing network BBC Three as an online-only channel will generate savings of £50 million and allow the corporation to experiment with new content, the BBC has said. Outlining its first detailed proposals for taking BBC Three online, the BBC said that with the change it will be able to develop […]

BBC Trust to launch BBC Three consultation

The BBC Trust is due to launch a public consultation next month about plans to close youth-skewing network BBC Three as a broadcast channel, turning it into an online-only offering.  The BBC’s governing body said it has now received detailed of proposals from the BBC Executive about its plans to shut down the linear BBC […]

BBC should take more risks, appeal more to minority viewers, says Trust

The BBC’s TV channel output should be more distinctive, collaborative and should appeal more to young, black, Asian and minority ethnic viewers, according to a BBC Trust review.  The BBC’s governing body, which yesterday published the conclusions of its review of BBC One, Two, Three and Four, said that it believed the BBC could continue […]

BBC to debut full season of BBC Three show on iPlayer

For the first time, BBC Three is set to make all episodes from new series available on iPlayer before its linear transmission, as part of a simulcast agreement with ABC Australia’s internet TV service iview. New Australian Comedy series Jonah From Tonga will be available in its entirety on the BBC’s iPlayer from Friday 2 […]

Sky Atlantic poaches BBC Three’s Zai Bennett

BBC Three controller Zai Bennett is leaving the UK pubcaster to become director of Sky Atlantic. The news comes after the BBC announced that youth-skewing BBC Three will move to an online-only service. Bennett joined the BBC in 2011 and as boss of youth-skewed BBC Three has overseen shows including The Call Centre, Life And Death Row, Tough Young […]

Cohen: budgets may threaten BBC Four future

The BBC’s director of television has warned arts channel BBC Four could go the same way as younger-skewing BBC Three if budgets continue to tighten. Yesterday morning, the British pubcaster confirmed rumours it would shutter BBC Three in autumn 2015 following a series of cost-saving measures. Hours later, Danny Cohen admitted BBC Four was also […]

BBC confirms BBC Three 2015 closure plan

UK public broadcaster the BBC has confirmed that it is putting plans in motion to close youth-skewing digital channel BBC Three in autumn 2015. BBC management has notified the BBC Trust, the body that governs the pubcaster, of the proposed change. The Trust would need to approve the scrapping of BBC Three, which has been […]

BBC Three to launch all comedies on iPlayer

UK channel BBC Three will begin premiering all of its scripted comedies on the on-demand iPlayer service as of August. The initiative will launch with the second season of Jack Whitehall-fronted Bad Education, which will be available free online a week before its TV debut. The BBC has been experimenting with a number of intiatives around […]

BBC to boost women’s football coverage

The BBC is to increase its coverage of women’s football with the introduction of two preview shows on BBC Two, coverage of July’s Women’s European Championship in Sweden on BBC Three, with the final shown on BBC Two, and four FA Women’s Super League programmes on BBC Two. The BBC will also show the England […]