Details are beginning to emerge about what exactly BBC3 will look like if it closes and moves online next autumn.
Followers of this brave new digital world reacted – rather appropriately – to BBC director-general Tony Hall’s proposals on Twitter.
One of the key announcements was that the all-new BBC3 will be founded on two editorial pillars: Make Me Think and Make Me Laugh.
This did not go down well.
‘Laugh’ and ‘Think’ are just not how teenagers view content. Branding like that isn’t the answer to being ‘in touch with youth’ #BBC3
— Guy Lambert (@SohoGuy) December 10, 2014
Details about how the channel will work online were scarce, but “gifs”, “streams” and – the scariest word of all – “budget” were mentioned.
Also: 20% of BBC3's budget it going towards 'non-traditional content' including gifs. I think that's pretty significant.
— Dr Amy Genders (@aagenders) December 10, 2014
Shows including Don’t Tell the Bride and Snog Marry Avoid are expected to be axed, with the focus instead on “harder-hitting” documentaries.
— Animaya Grant (@animayagrant) December 10, 2014
To help fill the gap, the BBC have announced they will set up a new BBC1 +1 channel.
just had a read of the proposals for #BBC3 + i thought that the BBC created IPlayer so they wouldn't need a +1 channel?
— Ernest G. Bilko ???? (@ste_nic) December 10, 2014
Life, as ever in these situations, imitates art.
I’m either reading the plan to take BBC3 online, or spoilers for the next series of W1A. Can’t tell the difference. So that’s all good then.
— Robert Goldsbrough (@RPGolds) December 10, 2014