BBC Three will return as a TV channel in February – six years succeeding it’s moved online – regulator Ofcom has firmly established.
The channel has between then and now been in charge for major hits inclusive of Fleabag, Normal People and Killing Eve – prompting calls for its resurrection.
The broadcasting watchdog publicly approved the move on Thursday, and the new channel will be accessible on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat.
BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell declared she was
“This is a big moment, with the new channel providing a destination for young audiences to discover more content on the BBC,”
she said in a statement.
“We will work hand in hand with iPlayer to provide a broad offering that is representative of the whole of the UK, and we will continue to back new talent and bold ideas.”
She also added that the broadcast approach would
“bring the audience a distinctive mix of programmer that are there to entertain, inspire and challenge thinking, at a pivotal and exciting time to be young in the UK”.
Last year, BBC research concluded there was a “strong case” for BBC Three to come back as a regular TV channel, paying particular attention to younger audiences.
MP Julian Knight stated that the move online revealed the BBC had “failed” those viewers, after the plan was first declared in March.
“I question whether putting the clock back five years is the right way to win over 18-35s,” said Mr Knight, who chairs the select committee for the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.