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BBC Three Could Be Back









The BBC could be bringing back BBC Three as a regular TV channel, four years after it was taken off air and moved online.

The youth channel, which commissioned shows like Normal People and Fleabag, will also have its budget doubled. 

It left on air television in 2016 to save £30m, and because the corporation said young people were watching more shows online. 

The BBC now says it is "considering the case" for returning the channel to "linear television". 

A BBC spokesman said: "We'd be wrong not to back a service that is doing better than anyone could have ever conceived.” 

The turnaround will be formally announced as part of the BBC's annual plan tomorrow, but there was no news about the fate of BBC Four, which has been rumoured for the axe. 

The corporation warned that putting BBC Three back on TV will mean reductions in other areas, especially as the BBC's income has been reduced by £125 million during the coronavirus outbreak.

19 May 2020                                            Back to the headlines

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