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    Posted on Mar 5, 2014

    BBC Three TV To Close Autumn 2015 And Become An Online-Only Service

    The BBC has announced plans to close the channel and relaunch it as a "new and innovative online service."

    Today the BBC has announced plans, subject to the approval of the BBC Trust, to close BBC Three as a broadcast TV channel in autumn 2015.The plans would mean –- The BBC saving over £50 million a year- £30 million of that going into drama on BBC One- BBC Three being reinvented as a new and innovative online service- The freed-up spectrum being used to extend CBBC by an hour a night and to provide a BBC One +1 service.We propose making this change in the autumn of next year. I believe it's the right thing to do: young audiences – the BBC Three audience – are the most mobile and ready to move to an online world. 25% of viewing by 16-24 year olds is to catch-up or other screens and over the next few years we expect that to reach 40%. We recognise that, for now, most of this audience still do their viewing on television, and that is why we plan to show BBC Three's long-form content on either BBC One or BBC Two.

    A change.org petition to save the TV station has reached nearly 60,000 signatures in 24 hours.

    The idea is emerging as a favoured proposal that would both prepare the corporation for a revolution in TV viewing and help it find £100m in savings.Several BBC sources indicated that a plan to move the channel onto iPlayer is being discussed at the highest level, although no formal decisions have been taken. One senior industry figure said they were "certain" it is on the corporation's agenda.

    An online future for the channel does seem logical. Last year the BBC announced that all scripted comedy will be shown on iPlayer first, before debuting on the channel.

    bbc.co.uk

    In a speech last year, the BBC Director General Tony Hall also unveiled plans for more online-only content on iPlayer, including video content from Radio 1 programmes. He has also recently proposed that the licence fee be extended to cover BBC iPlayer.

    There have been rumours circulating about BBC Three closing. Many BBC Three personalities have spoken against the idea on Twitter.

    Such a load of balls if the rumours about BBC3 being axed are true.Genuinely brilliant new comedy + live music needs that platform #SaveBBC3

    Greg James@gregjames

    Such a load of balls if the rumours about BBC3 being axed are true.Genuinely brilliant new comedy + live music needs that platform #SaveBBC3

    07:05 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    #saveBBC3! Silly, funny, smart, young and essential......but enough me. Seriously though #saveBBC3

    nick grimshaw@grimmers

    #saveBBC3! Silly, funny, smart, young and essential......but enough me. Seriously though #saveBBC3

    07:58 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I really hope reports that the BBC may kill BBC3 are just rumours. There support of new comedy in particular is vital! #saveBBC3

    Jack Whitehall@jackwhitehall

    I really hope reports that the BBC may kill BBC3 are just rumours. There support of new comedy in particular is vital! #saveBBC3

    06:02 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    BBC3 started my career. Whether or not that's a good thing is a matter of opinion, but I owe it a lot. I hope it sticks around. #SaveBBC3

    Joe Tracini@joetracini

    BBC3 started my career. Whether or not that's a good thing is a matter of opinion, but I owe it a lot. I hope it sticks around. #SaveBBC3

    11:23 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Many viewers are also against the move.

    #SaveBBC3 no where else give young new comedy talent the chance to take risks. Launched so many comic careers. BBC please don't cut it.

    Jolyon Rubinstein@JolyonRubs

    #SaveBBC3 no where else give young new comedy talent the chance to take risks. Launched so many comic careers. BBC please don't cut it.

    07:44 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Uncle, Bad Education, Cuckoo, Revolution Will Be Televised, Him and Her, (RTS nom'd today) In The Flesh, The Fades, Being Human... #SaveBBC3

    Chris Chibnall@ChrisChibnall

    Uncle, Bad Education, Cuckoo, Revolution Will Be Televised, Him and Her, (RTS nom'd today) In The Flesh, The Fades, Being Human... #SaveBBC3

    11:01 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    BBC3 may not be for me, but at least it’s distinctive. Axe BBC News channel. Rolling news is endless drivel #saveBBC3

    John Allison@badmachinery

    BBC3 may not be for me, but at least it’s distinctive. Axe BBC News channel. Rolling news is endless drivel #saveBBC3

    07:37 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The hashtag #SaveBBC3 has also trended consistently on Twitter in the last couple of days.

    However, not everyone is fussed about the channel potentially closing.

    Can't believe BBC3 may be axed. I'll miss shouting 'What is this fucking shit?' at the telly. Sad times. #SaveBBC3

    Tiernan Douieb@TiernanDouieb

    Can't believe BBC3 may be axed. I'll miss shouting 'What is this fucking shit?' at the telly. Sad times. #SaveBBC3

    08:34 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The debate is less "Should BBC3 be axed?" and more "Is an online BBC3 the right thing for young licence fee payers and the BBC's future?"

    Chris Curtis@ChrisMCurtis

    The debate is less "Should BBC3 be axed?" and more "Is an online BBC3 the right thing for young licence fee payers and the BBC's future?"

    08:26 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Hopefully they'll merge BBC3 and BBC4 so I can finally find a home for my show 'Fuck Off, I'm Tchaikovsky'.

    Benjamin Partridge@benpartridge

    Hopefully they'll merge BBC3 and BBC4 so I can finally find a home for my show 'Fuck Off, I'm Tchaikovsky'.

    11:05 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Where else am I going to watch shows about young people getting drunk and vomiting on their flip flops? Other than anywhere else #SaveBBC3

    Benjamin Lee@benfraserlee

    Where else am I going to watch shows about young people getting drunk and vomiting on their flip flops? Other than anywhere else #SaveBBC3

    09:16 AM - 5 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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