Consultation: Ofcom's review of proposed BBC Three television channel

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

Update 16 September 2021 – provisional determination

As required by the BBC Charter and Agreement, we are considering the BBC’s proposals through a BBC competition assessment (BCA).

We have published our provisional conclusions that the BBC should be permitted to re-launch BBC Three as a broadcast television channel. We are now seeking views from interested or affected organisations and individuals on our provisional conclusions.

Responding to this consultation

Please submit responses using the consultation response form (ODT, 49.3 KB).

Update 20 July 2021 – initial assessment

We have completed our initial assessment of the BBC's proposal to launch BBC Three as a television channel in January 2022.

In order to protect fair and effective competition, Ofcom must examine any significant changes which the BBC wishes to make to its TV, radio and online public services. The BBC published a proposal to launch BBC Three as a television channel in January 2022. It has undertaken a public interest test, and the BBC Board has concluded that the proposal passes the public interest test.

On 8 July 2021 we published an ‘invitation to comment’ as the start of our assessment of the BBC’s proposal. We have now written to the BBC to set out the conclusion of our initial assessment and the next steps we will take.

Main documents

Supporting documents

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Responder name Type
COBA (PDF File, 130.7 KB) Organisation
Directors UK (PDF File, 198.9 KB) Organisation
Henry, D (PDF File, 112.6 KB) Individual
Lawliet, A (PDF File, 1.5 MB) Individual
Name withheld 1 (PDF File, 118.8 KB) Individual
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