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A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

BBC3 to move online by March 2016

The BBC Trust has formally approved proposals to close BBC3 as a linear channel in January and to gradually transition it online by March 2016.

The decision marks the culmination of an 11-month public value assessment (PVA) by the Trust, under which the governing body has also confirmed that the proposals to launch BBC1+1 have been rejected.  

The 67-page document outlining the grounds for the BBC3 decision acknowledged the “strength of public opposition” to closing the channel but said trends towards online consumption gave the move “intuitive force”.

The Trust said  that obligations for BBC1 and BBC2 to carry BBC3’s long-form content will mitigate the forecast that 80% of the audience that only access the BBC through BBC3 could be lost due to socioeconomic and geographic variations in broadband access.

The Trust said these negatives were outweighed by the BBC’s “proven track record in developing digital offers and high-quality production values that it brings to an online environment”.