Trust approves change to BBC Newsbeat’s online services

Date: 09.01.2017     Last updated: 09.01.2017 at 11.07

The BBC Trust has today published a change to BBC Radio 1’s service licence which enables the closure of the Newsbeat app and for Newsbeat’s website content to be integrated into BBC News online.

The change was approved at the Trust’s December 2016 meeting after seeing evidence from the BBC Executive that more young people are using the main BBC News website and app compared to Newsbeat’s online services.

The aim of the changes is to make Newsbeat content available in places where young people are more likely to seek out news content, thereby helping to connect more people to a wider BBC offering and ensuring that Newsbeat’s journalism is more central to the BBC News website and digital platforms. 

The BBC announced back in May 2016 in its Online Creative Review of its plan to integrate Newsbeat output into BBC News Online and close the separate app.

The Newsbeat programme remains unaffected by these changes and will continue to broadcast as usual on BBC Radio 1.