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

  • Start: 16 September 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 14 October 2021

Statement published 25 November 2021

The BBC has proposed to launch a BBC Three broadcast channel. It has consulted and subsequently carried out a public interest test on its plans.

As required by the BBC Charter and Agreement, we have carried out a competition assessment. We have reviewed how the BBC has developed its proposals and its assessment of their public value, as well as assessed the impact of the BBC’s proposals on competition. We consulted on our provisional determination that the BBC could go ahead with its plans, and have taken account of feedback from stakeholders in response.

This statement explains our final determination that the BBC may proceed with its proposal. We have also set conditions in the Operating Licence to secure the contribution of the BBC Three broadcast channel to the delivery of the BBC’s Mission and Public Purposes.

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BBC (PDF File, 136.5 KB) Organisation
Channel 4 (PDF File, 285.9 KB) Organisation
COBA (PDF File, 188.0 KB) Organisation
COBA [response to invitation to comment] (PDF File, 130.7 KB) Organisation
Directors UK (PDF File, 189.8 KB) Organisation
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