BBC Three may not be leaving our television sets after all, as a proposal has been made to keep it on the air. Production companies Hat Trick and Avalon have offered the BBC £100m to take the channel into “a commercial environment“.
This is to tackle the BBC’s plans to move BBC Three onto just an online platform, which many companies feel would be a mistake. The companies want “the right to broadcast original and acquired programming” which is currently aired on BBC Three, either under the same name or a new identity, live on air.
The proposal outlines that:
There are a number of areas that need to be addressed to enable the sale. The biggest appears to be that of split rights. However this can be overcome as all the rights holders, including the BBC, will benefit financially. Assuming the BBC management engages in a collaborative process other issues of cross promotion, spectrum, brand and content deals can easily be resolved. The wider industry and specifically other suppliers wish the channel to continue.
However, the BBC have replied to this news, saying they are “not for sale”. A spokesman said:
BBC Three is not closing and it is not for sale, but with the licence fee frozen we’ve had to make some difficult choices in order to save £800 million a year, including our proposal to move the channel online. There is no easy solution but we have chosen to make a bold move to reinvent the service rather than simply having to take money out of all our programmes across the board.
So, the future of BBC Three is still undecided. But let’s be honest, we all want it to stay on air in one way or another!