BBC bosses confirm BBC Three to return as a broadcast channel in 2022

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BBC Three is returning as a broadcast channel in 2022, bosses have confirmed.

The channel's chief content officer Charlotte Moore says bringing it back as a broadcast channel will allow it to "deliver the most value".

Moore said: "BBC Three is a BBC success story, backing creativity, new talent and brave ideas has resulted in hit after hit, from Fleabag and Man Like Mobeen, Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out, to Normal People and This Country.

"The BBC needs to back success and make sure its programmes reach as many young people as possible wherever they live in the UK.

"So regardless of the debates about the past, we want to give BBC Three its own broadcast channel again.

"It has exciting, ground breaking content that deserves the widest possible audience and using iPlayer alongside a broadcast channel will deliver the most value."

The change is part of The BBC's plan to "deliver more value to audiences".

Due to it being down to tax payer's hard earned cash, the BBC published an annual plan every single year.

The channel’s Annual Plan 2020/21 published last year, outlined research which claimed there remains an "available audience on broadcast television for BBC Three".

A spokesperson for the BBC said: "We believe in backing success and, having committed to double the investment on BBC Three commissions over the next two years, we want to showcase that content to a wider audience.

"Using both a broadcast channel and BBC iPlayer in tandem, will help to grow our offer and deliver more value to younger audiences.

"While the BBC does well with large parts of the younger audience – on average, young adults in the UK spend more media time per week (seven and a half hours) with BBC’s services than any other brand; our research identified a significant group of younger viewers who maintain a strong linear TV habit but are currently light users of the BBC.

"We want to change that."

According to the spokesperson, the returning BBC Three will deliver "greater public value by further increasing the diversity and creativity of our output" and "build on the strengths of BBC Three’s online performance".

The spokesperson continued: "That’s why we will aim for at least two-thirds of the expanded BBC Three’s programme spend to be outside of London and across the UK.

"BBC Three has a strong heritage in breaking and supporting new British talent and this will create a bigger platform to launch and celebrate them.

"It will provide us with a new shop window to reach a younger audience currently underserved by the BBC, bringing them the best BBC young programming and talent across all genres."

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