As the channel faces a likely demise next year once plans by the BBC executive are rubber-stamped by the Trust, RadioTimes.com understands that one option being considered is the creation of a ‘BBC3 Hour’ on the Corporation’s flagship channel.
Currently the favoured slot is 10.35pm, with BBC1 showcasing BBC3 material that has already been uploaded to the BBC iPlayer. A spokesperson was unable to comment on the claim at the time of publication.
The BBC has already promised that when the main BBC3 channel closes, all BBC3 content will get a BBC1 or BBC2 repeat down the line as the Corporation faces the challenge of maintaining the channel’s identity as an online-only proposition.
At the launch of the new look iPlayer at New Broadcasting House last week BBC head of future media Ralph Rivera said that has already beefed up the channel branding in his latest iPlayer relaunch to help viewers differentiate which channel’s show they are watching.
“[BBC3] will live as one of the core channels and brands on iPlayer,” he said, adding that its logo would now appear on screen on all BBC3 programmes.
At the same event BBC director of television Danny Cohen insisted that despite the howls of protest over plans to make BBC3 online only channel by 2015, the proposal would still be going to the BBC Trust for approval.
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