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(pocket-lint) – The BBC will stop broadcasting CBBC and BBC Four terrestrially, both channels now only accessible online.
Reminiscent of its 2016 decision to move BBC Three to BBC iPlayer, both channels will be accessible exclusively through the company’s free streaming service.
BB has reinstated BBC Three in terrestrial television, ironically placing it on the same broadcast slot as CBBC earlier this year, with its shows starting every evening at 7 pm when children’s programs end.
Managing Director Tim Davey has confirmed that new content will continue to be produced for CBBC and BBC Four. There’s no specific date yet for the Switch, but the shows will still be available on TV for “at least three years.”
There are also plans to make Radio 4 Extra an exclusively BBC sound show, and will merge several regional news programmes, including programs in Oxford and Cambridge, with productions in Southampton and Norwich.
“Now is the time to make the BBC digital,” Mr Davy said in a statement (via the BBC website). “Something truly new, a Rheitian organization for the digital age, a positive force for the UK and the world”.
“Independent, fair, constantly innovating and serving all. A fresh, new, global digital media organization like never before seen.”
Written by Rick Henderson.
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