BBC Three to Stay on Proper Telly Until 2016

By Gary Cutlack on at

The online-only future for BBC Three is a little further away than previously thought, with the BBC delaying the broadcast station's move to iPlayer until 2016 while it waits for formal approval for the move from the BBC Trust.

Damian Kavanagh, who is the Digital Controller of the new BBC Three, told the corporation's in-house magazine Broadcast that: "We won't be rushed. We will do what's right for our fans, not to satisfy deadlines. Once we have the Trust's final decision, we'll start doing more online and in social, building up to a move online."

Instead of going online-only and turning into a new form of iPlayer, YouTube and social media channel this autumn as planned, Kavanagh says the change will now happen "after Christmas," with the BBC Trust expected to formally rubber stamp the change some time in September. [BBC]