Consultation: Review of rules for prominence of BBC Three

  • Start: 16 September 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 October 2021

Ofcom has published its provisional determination to allow the BBC to proceed with its proposal to bring back BBC Three as a broadcast television channel. This consultation sets out proposed changes to our Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) Code of Practice in respect of BBC Three in light of our provisional findings.

If BBC Three is re-launched as a linear television channel, it will become a designated channel under the provisions of the Communications Act 2003. This means that Ofcom will need to ensure an appropriate level of prominence for the channel within the EPGs of all licensed providers.

To that end, we are consulting on our proposals on the appropriate minimum level of prominence for BBC Three, and how long platforms should be given to implement any changes to the EPG Code in respect of BBC Three. Our provisional conclusion is that BBC Three should appear within the first 24 slots of EPGs, and that EPG Providers should have a maximum of 18 months to implement any necessary changes. We are now seeking stakeholders’ views on our proposals.

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