BBC Three to be moved to the internet
With more and more people refusing to pay their TV licences, the BBC need to find ways of saving money and be better value. So, with that, the BBC Trust has formally approved proposals to close down BBC Three as a regular TV channel. From March 2016, it'll be moved online.
The Trust provisionally approved the proposals back in June, but now, it is official.
Chair of the Trust's Services Committee BBC Trustee Suzanna Taverne said: "The decision to close a TV channel is a difficult one, and one we have not taken lightly. The BBC must adapt with its audiences; the evidence is very clear that younger audiences are watching more online and less linear TV."
"The plans enable the BBC to deliver more distinctive content online, while bearing down on costs; to address concerns about the impact of moving BBC Three online, we have set new requirements for programmes for younger audiences on BBC One and Two."
Worryingly, that mean we see Russell Howard's Good News on one of the major channels.
Younger people, of course, do watch more things online and, thanks to most people having a console and other devices, you can watch iPlayer on your big telly anyway. It probably won't make much difference to the average household.
So what conditions have the BBC Trust imposed on this move?
- All BBC Three long-form content will be transmitted on slots on BBC One and BBC Two on an on-going basis as soon as BBC Three closes on TV.
- BBC Three long-form content will be made available on both BBC One and BBC Two at a variety of times across the schedule and throughout the UK
- A commitment to providing risk-taking space being incorporated in the service licences of BBC One and BBC Two
- A commitment to programmes targeted at younger audiences will be incorporated in the service licences of BBC One and BBC Two
- The online channel should have the same accessibility standards as linear television wherever practicable
This move is going to save the BBC in advance of £50 million, apparently.