Damian Kavanagh


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 […]

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 eyes daytime slot revamps as Dom gets axe

New BBC daytime controller Dan McGolpin (pictured) has axed long-running consumer rights show Don’t Get Done, Get Dom as he settles into the new post. The Flame Television-produced show has been axed after nine seasons to make space for new ideas, with Ricochet doc series Channel Patrol also ending. New shows come in the shape […]

BBC Three adds shows as closure looms

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL: BBC Three has commissioned a batch of new shows as controller Damian Kavanagh (pictured) once again set out the case for the closure of the brand as a UK linear channel. New seasons on race and gender toppling the commissions, along with a social experiment testing what British teenagers understand about […]

BBC Three goes online-only in March 2016

The BBC plans to turn youth network BBC Three into an online-only service from March 1, 2016 and increase the volume of BBC Threeshows on BBC One and Two from the autumn. In a response to the June ruling in which the BBC’s governing body provisionally approved taking BBC Three online-only, the BBC Executive said […]

Public petition to save BBC Three

A petition signed by more than 270,000 people opposing plans to take youth-skewing network BBC Three online only has been delivered to the BBC Trust. Campaigners delivered the petition in person yesterday to the BBC’s governing body on the final day of the public consultation into the plans to move the linear channel online. A […]

BBC Three controller: channel not for sale

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (pictured) has stressed that the network is “not for sale”, a day after Avalon and Hat Trick said they had approached the BBC Trust about buying the youth channel. In a blog post to clarify the BBC’s position relating to the channel, which the BBC plans to take online only, […]

Street replaces Kavanagh at BBC Daytime

Jo Street has been named acting controller, daytime, at UK pubcaster the BBC following Damian Kavanagh’s switch to BBC Three digital controller. Street (pictured) is currently responsible for daytime and early peak commissioning in Scotland and Northern Ireland as commissioning editor for daytime, working on shows such as Countryfile, Homes Under the Hammer and Eggheads. […]

Bride format leaves BBC Three for BBC One

BBC Three’s key unscripted format Don’t Tell the Bride is moving to BBC One, as the UK’s pubcaster prepares to close Three’s linear feed. The show, which comes from Warner Bros. Productions UK-owned Renegade Pictures, sees grooms given a fixed budget to organise their wedding entirely without the bride’s input. There have been around a […]