UK
BBC Three

Type of TV channel

TNT

Category

Généraliste

Official website

www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree...

Creation date

2003

Description of BBC Three

BBC Three is a television channel from the BBC broadcasting via digital cable, terrestrial, IPTV and satellite platforms.

The channel's target audience includes those in the 16–34-year-old age group, and has the purpose of providing "innovative" content to younger audiences, focusing on new talent and new technologies.

The channel is on-air from 7 pm to around 4 am each night, to share terrestrial television bandwidth with CBBC.

Unlike its commercial rivals, 90% of BBC Three's output is from the United Kingdom. 70% is original, covering all genres, from current affairs, to drama, to comedy to animation. BBC Three has a unique 60 Seconds format for its news bulletins, adopted so that operation of the channel could be completely automated, without the complication of dealing with variable length live news broadcasts.

The former controller of the station, Zai Bennett, left to join Sky Atlantic in July 2014, at which point BBC Three commissioner Sam Bickley became acting controller.

In February 2014, BBC Director-General Tony Hall announced that cuts of £100 million would have to be made at the corporation.

BBC Three was mentioned as part of these cuts and will be discontinued as an on-air channel and preserved as an internet channel instead.

The switch will go into effect in 2016, pending approval from the BBC Trust.

Former names of BBC Three

BBC Choice (1998-2003).