Statement: Ofcom review of proposed BBC Three television channel
- Start: 24 June 2021
- Status: Statement published
- End: 08 July 2021
Statement published 20 July 2021
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.