BBC Three to go online-only in March 2016

BBC Three is set to become an online-only channel on 1 March 2016. The popular channel had originally been set to make the move this autumn but it’s been delayed the transition until next year, after the BBC Trust called for a “more carefully managed transition”.

The Beeb has outlined several phases for the transfer fromon-air channel to on-demand service. It plans to begin the processin October, publicising the coming closure, while showing repeatsof BBC Three shows on BBC One and BBC Two.

The BBC Three Online service will launch between January andMarch. What that means for the old channel during this time isn'tquite clear. It'll still be on air, but it may show 12 hours ofarchive programming at night during this period. The channel willdisappear completely on 1 March.

The BBC said it wants BBC Three content to be available on adedicated space on its website and via BBC iPlayer, and the RedButton service.

It said in a statement: "The new BBC Three will be more thanjust an online version of its linear predecessor or a handful oflong form programmes within a BBC Three branded space in BBCiPlayer," says the BBC.

"Our ambition is that the new BBC Three will reach a wide rangeof 16-34 year olds in the UK each week with content that enriches,stimulates and informs them."

Source: Engadget

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