BBC Three Is The First TV Channel To Switch Online
BBC Three started transforming the BBC’s offer for young people this week by becoming the first TV channel in the world to switch online. BBC Three will offer original British comedy, drama and documentaries – like Cuckoo, Thirteen and Life And Death Row – through The Best Of Three and BBC Three on iPlayer. BBC Three will also start making original content, including news and sport updates for The Daily Drop, its daily stream of content, and for its channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. Damian Kavanagh, Digital Controller BBC Three, has written a new post in which he talks about the move and the BBC’s offer for young people.
“Save Our BBC wonders if the audience is caught between a rock and a hard place with this? If we ‘big up’ BBC Three online do we play into the hands of those who want more cuts to the BBC? Who can’t see BBC Three now but wants to? Will the promise to broadcast a lot of it later on BBC One or BBC Two be good enough? We welcome all the content and output and attention to the younger audience. We want original British comedy, drama and documentaries, plus different sorts of news and sport. So when there’s universal fast broadband will that be good enough? Will the inability to pay for broadband and a receiving device be any different to not affording a tv and licence? In the meantime large parts of the UK have lost immediate access or access at all to BBC Three. If the BBC’s users don’t stand up and be counted more cuts are a serious threat. The opponents of the BBC may be a very small minority but they are active and mobilised. The millions who use the BBC need to be more bothered!”