BBC Three will resume broadcasting from next year, following a six-year hiatus. The channel is being reconstituted after BBC executives determined it was the best way to reach younger audiences.
Since the channel was taken off air, the BBC has come under increased pressure to demonstrate that it is catering to young audiences. Chief content officer Charlotte Moore said: “The BBC needs to back success and make sure its programmes reach as many young people as possible. So, regardless of debates about the past, we want to give BBC Three its own broadcast channel again“.
Julian Knight MP, who chairs the Commons select committee on digital, culture, media and sport was less optimistic, saying: “I question whether putting the clock back five years is the right way to win over 18-35s“.
BBC Three has had successes with programmes like People Just Do Nothing, Man Like Mobeen, Killing Eve, Fleabag, This Country, The Young Offenders and is also home to The Rap Game UK.