BBC3 mulls return from online to broadcast TV
It turned its back on broadcast TV in 2016, but could BBC3 be headed back to the box?
UK youth channel BBC3 which was famously shifted from linear broadcast to online in 2016 is now considering a return.
The move, announced in 2014, sparked a vocal campaign to save the channel, but BBC proceeded with the move -which was later hailed a success.
Since then, the BBC has lost 16-34-year-old viewers to Netflix and YouTube, and has been warned by media regulator Ofcom that it may not survive unless it regains its young audience.
BBC3 shows Fleabag and Normal People have since been runaway hits.
A BBC spokesperson said: “We’d be wrong not to back a service that is doing better than anyone could have ever conceived and reaching a wide audience.
“Our research suggests there is a big available audience on linear television, so we will consider the case for restoring BBC3 as a linear channel as well as an online destination, though no decisions have been taken and this will need to take into account how viewing habits develop during the COVID-19 crisis.”