BBC confirm BBC Three will become a digital only channel in March 2016.
The BBC Three TV channel will close down in March 2016 and content will become online only.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, says: “Today is just the beginning for BBC Three and our plans to transform our offer for young people. We have lots of new content coming in 2016 and exciting new ways of delivering it in development. We will now set about launching a digital-first BBC Three in early 2016.”
Writing in a blog post, he added "BBC Three is not closing, we are reinventing online. We will not be a scheduled 7pm to 4am linear broadcast TV channel but we will be everywhere else giving you the freedom to choose what to watch when you want. We will be available on BBC iPlayer on connected TV’s and via set top boxes and consoles like the PS4 so you can watch on a big TV with friends, if you want. We will be on mobiles and tablets so you can watch on your own in the bath, if you want. The truth is we will be available to you in more places than ever before including linear TV. All our shows will be on BBC One or BBC Two so you can watch on traditional TV, if you want".
He adds "It’s this commitment to new form content and how we deliver it that is most exciting. We will spend 80% of our budget on long form TV such as drama like our forthcoming Thirteen and our range of comedy and entertainment like Josh and People Just DO Nothing and documentaries like BAFTA winning Life and Death Row, but we will now spend 20% on new form content. Split between our editorial pillars this will include short form video, picture led stories, animation, authored pieces, basically any way we can tell a story most effectively for our audience. We will no longer be limited to traditional TV".
It has also been confirmed that CBBC will extend its broadcasting hours until 9pm, but the proposed BBC One +1 Channel was rejected.