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BBC confirms plans to close BBC Three in 2015

The company confirms rumours and plans to relaunch channel online.

BBC Three

Following endless rumours and speculation, the BBC have confirmed plans to close BBC Three as a TV channel in 2015.

The broadcasting company claim that by closing the channel they could save £50 million a year and put £30 million of that saving into BBC One drama. The plans also include an extension to CBBC by one hour per night and to launch a BBC One +1 channel.

The BBC intend to relaunch BBC Three as an online service

In a statement Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, said, “This is the biggest strategic decision the BBC has made in over a decade. While it has been an extremely difficult decision born out of financial necessity, I believe it is also a creatively energising and innovative move. In autumn 2015 we plan to close BBC Three as a linear TV Channel and in its place we will develop a bold, ambitious, future-facing new version of BBC Three online.”

If the plans are approved by the BBC Trust, BBC Three would cease as a broadcast channel in Autumn 2015.

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