This week, the BBC has confirmed the inevitable. BBC Three will be moving to the status of online only at the end of February next year, removing the channel entirely from the standard TV, the channel has been a proving ground in recent years for new and fresh comedies, Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education along with others made their debut on the channel. In terms of the current line of shows that air daily, the BBC has said that all the longer shows will be fitted into the BBC One and BBC Two schedules.
One of the main reasons that BBC Three is becoming online only is because less and less people are actually tuning into the TV to watch shows, people either use iPlayer and other catchup services to watch the television. The BBC has said that iPlayer will be opened up to support online-first shows.