The move’s been talked about for around a year, but it’s finally official: BBC Three will be turned into an online-only service next year. The channel will no longer be available on traditional television from March 2016.
BBC Three, which was launched back in 2003 and behind smash hits like Gavin and Stacey and Little Britain, has always been popular with younger viewers, and the BBC reckons it makes sense to make it available exclusively online. In the future, viewers will be able to access it via iPlayer on phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs, as well as consoles like the PS4.
The move should save the corporation millions, and the BBC says that all long-form content will also be televised on BBC One and BBC Two. A major round of cuts was announced last week, which could also see Red Button services shuttered.