The network that launched ‘Fleabag’ has only been available online since 2016
På torsdag (25 november), media regulator Ofcom officially confirmed a February launch for BBC Three.
The channel will be available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat with EPG numbers to be confirmed at a later date.
BBC Three first launched as a broadcast channel in February 2003. It was on air for 13 years until February 2016 when it moved online to follow audience habits.
It is now being reinstated as a TV channel with the aim of reaching underserved youth audiences and an emphasis placed on original programming.
I en uttalelse, Ofcom said: “We carefully assessed the BBC’s plans, alongside evidence and feedback gathered during our consultation.
“We concluded that the channel’s re-launch will help the BBC to increase its reach among younger underserved viewers – particularly those from lower-income homes, and audiences who live outside London and the South East.
“To ensure the channel is distinctive, i det minste 75 per cent of hours broadcast each year must be original programmes, commissioned by the BBC for UK viewers. We are also requiring the channel to deliver first-run UK content across a mix of genres, as well as weekday news programmes.”
BBC Three has launched many beloved shows over the years, fra Gavin & Stacey i 2007 og People Just Do Nothing i 2014 til Fleabag i 2016 og Normal People i 2020.
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Commenting on the decision, Fiona Campbell, controller for BBC Three, sa: “I’m absolutely thrilled… This is a big moment, with the new channel providing a destination for young audiences to discover more content on the BBC.
“We will work hand in hand with iPlayer to provide a broad offering that is representative of the whole of the UK and we will continue to back new talent and bold ideas.
“This approach will bring the audience a distinctive mix of programs that are there to entertain, inspire and challenge thinking, at a pivotal and exciting time to be young in the UK.”