BBC Three


BBC Three online deal Oz drama Cleverman

BBC Three has acquired its first overseas drama since moving to an online, over-to-top distribution model in February. The UK channel has bought Cleverman, the Australian-shot drama that Red Arrow International sells globally. British pubcaster the BBC will launch the show later this year, with head of programme acquisitions Sue Deeks saying: “Cleverman is an […]

BBC Three reports online success

Strong viewing figures for new BBC Three drama Thirteen shows that the youth network’s content “cuts through with a young audience wherever it is,” according to Damian Kavanagh (pictured). In a blog post that marks six weeks since BBC Three moved online-only, the network’s digital controller said that Thirteen has had over 2.4m requests so far […]

BBC to rework lost sitcom scripts

UK pubcaster the BBC will recreate three classic ‘lost’ sitcom episodes, as part of a three-channel comedy project this year. Arts channel BBC Four will air the lost episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Do Us Part. The episodes – Hancock’s Half Hour’s ‘The New Neighbour’, Steptoe and Son’s ‘A […]

BBC Three goes off air and online today

Youth-skewing channel BBC Three has gone off-air and was an online-only service from noon today in a move the pubcaster said makes it “the first TV channel in the world to make the switch from linear broadcast channel to online-first destination”. The contentious move online came amid deep BBC cost-cutting and following an unsuccessful campaign […]

BBC Three reveals switchover content plans

The BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16. At an event in London yesterday to preview the reinvented BBC Three, the broadcaster announced a new online home for the channel, The Best Of, and a new […]

Shillinglaw exits in BBC channels rejig

BBC Two and Four controller Kim Shillinglaw (pictured) is to leave the UK pubcaster, as part of a wider restructure that sees Charlotte Moore take over all channels and the iPlayer. Moore (below, right) has been named controller, TV channels and iPlayer for the BBC following an internal recruitment process, which was designed to create […]

Consultation launched over BBC Three EPG slot

Digital UK, the organisation that manages the Freeview EPG, has launched a consultation about what should happen to BBC Three’s channel slot after it goes online only. BBC Three currently occupies channel seven on the electronic programme guide of the Freeview digital terrestrial platform. Digital UK said the consultation will seek to ensure that “any […]

BBC Three orders disability doc

UK digital network BBC Three has commissioned a one-off documentary about so-called freak shows. Actor and presenter Adam Pearson, who has a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours to grow along his nerve endings, will explore the world of people who use their medical conditions to educate, entertain and make money in Adam Pearson: Freak […]

BBC Three, Worldwide co-order Smart series

BBC Three and its stablemate BBC Worldwide have co-commissioned a series in which comedian Russell Kane uses only a smartphone to survive. Stupid Man, Smart Phone will see the comic joined each week by a different online star, both of whom are convinced they can survive being dropped in harsh terrains such as the Arctic […]

BBC Three closure branded a ‘disaster’

The closure of the BBC Three linear channel in the UK is “a disaster disguised as a pioneering strategic initiative”, according to an influential media analyst at research house Ovum. In a blog post entitled ‘Why the BBC is wrong about kids and TV’, Ovum’s digital media practice leader Nick Thomas said the decision to […]

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