The BBC Trust has published provisional conclusions on the proposals to reinvent BBC Three as an online-only service.
The Trust’s provisional conclusion is that the public value test is passed and that it should approve this proposal.
However, it also acknowledged concerns about the short-term impact of this change, given the projected loss of reach to younger and other under-served television viewers (particularly those who do not watch other BBC TV services or do not have reliable broadband) and the potential impact on the BBC’s ability to try out new ideas and develop new talent.
To address these issues, the Trust has called for a more carefully managed transition from broadcast TV to an online service, to raise awareness of the change: it will consider whether this should include a period of running both services in parallel.
The Trust also called for a renewed commitment to a space on broadcast television (not just on BBC Three online) where risks can be taken with new talent and new ideas of the sort that BBC Three has been successful in developing.