Why moving BBC Three online will help deliver shows like 'Sherlock'
BBC Director- General
BBC Three is changing. In the future it will no longer be a broadcast channel, but it will have an exciting future online. The channel that brought you Gavin and Stacey, Little Britain, Bad Education and, right now, Bluestone 42, will still create great shows, but they will now be shown first on the BBC iPlayer. The best of BBC Three will also be shown on BBC One and BBC Two – that is a fantastic opportunity for these programmes to reach a wider audience.
So why have we done this? We all face tough economic times. Families are feeling the squeeze, and so is the BBC. So just as many people are facing tough choices about how they spend their money, we are too.
The BBC can’t keep doing the same thing with less money. Moving BBC Three online will save over £50 million a year. But we will use £30 million of that money to invest in drama on BBC One. Without that money, the BBC would not be able to keep delivering the great shows people already love – like Sherlock, Doctor Who and Atlantis – or invent the new ones that the public will fall in love with tomorrow. We use the space that BBC Three is broadcasting on for a new BBC One +1 service and to extend CBBC by an hour a night. And the BBC Three of tomorrow will still have millions to spend on new shows and content.
I’m backing our creative staff, and the young British talent this nation is full of, to keep on delivering great shows, not just today, but tomorrow.
Tony Hall is Director-General, BBC
This article first appeared in the Daily Mirror on Friday 7 March.
- Read extracts from Tony Hall's email to staff announcing changes to BBC Three
- Read executive producer Hilary Salmon's blog about the new online drama shorts released on BBC iPlayer next week