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Hall confirms BBC3 closure

Hall confirms BBC3 closure
Jon Creamer
06 March 2014

The BBC has confirmed that youth-skewing TV channel BBC 3 will be axed in autumn 2015.

The corporation has said that the move would save more than £50m.

BBC director general Tony Hall has said that £30m of BBC3’s content budget will be ploughed into drama programming on BBC1 when the channel ceases to exist on the EPG and becomes on online only brand.

The digital terrestrial television bandwidth previously occupied by BBC3 will be used for a timeshifted channel, BBC1+1, and an extra hour of children's channel CBBC a night.

Hall added that around £30m will go into the budget for the online version of BBC3 which would be reinvented as a new and innovative online service and that many of its programmes will also get a later run out on BBC1 and BBC2.

The BBC3 online budget represents a huge cut from nearly £90m in 2012/13, although the BBC has argued that figure was inflated by the London Olympic.

The BBC3 TV channel budget  has since been scaled back to about £80m as part of the Delivering Quality First cuts.

Hall said many BBC3 shows would move on to the iPlayer but some of its most popular programmes would go out on the BBC's other channels.

The BBC Trust is still to carry out a consultation on the plans.

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