BBC Moves Channel to Online Only5 Mar, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey
BBC March 5 announced it’s dropping its BBC Three channel from the airwaves, and instead will make the channel available online only, via its TV Everywhere iPlayer app.
BBC’s news service reported that the move was part of a cost-saving measure by the company, which is looking to slash £100 million ($167.1 million) from its budget by 2016. Moving BBC Three online would require approval from BBC Trust, the company’s governing body.
The online-only offering for BBC Three would mean shows such as “Don’t Tell The Bride” and “Pramface” would be available only online, unless they were moved to BBC’s other three stations.
“If they want to save money, there will certainly be less programming coming from the BBC Three brand," BBC media correspondent David Sillito said in a BBC news report. “Increasingly, it’s thought the youth audience are switching to accessing content online. They’re watching in their bedrooms and watching on tablet devices.”
An official announcement is expected March 6.