Sorry mate but there is a connection between BBC Three's closure and BBC Scotland, I remember that the BBC closed BBC Three because they needed to save £30 milion pounds then one year later the news comes of the launch of BBC Scotland and the new channel has a budget of....surprise surprise £30 milion pounds The same amount of money the BBC supposedly saved by closing BBC Three! If to you that is not a connection....
I'm going to jump in and, I hope, provide a little difference in perspective.
For my two pence, the BBC's decision to close BBC Three came at a time when the corporation was being asked to make specific cuts. It is operating in a politicised environment, and part of that was the need (as I once heard it described) to operate within its suitcase (cf. envelope). I think there is a rationale that actually BBC 3 content, and audience, are much more adept at a Netflix style, on-demand service.
At the same time, the BBC is also responding to a clear increase in national sentiment in Scotland. I'd argue it actually follows a well established root of catering to dedicated national audiences, such as BBC An La et al. The cost of it is actually relatively small (I mean, BBC Three was being run on a shoe string towards the end) and if it gives the BBC some leverage in such a contested environment - and it meets its core aims - then I think it's probably a good thing.
As for BBC 3, and speaking as one of their demographic, I have to confess: I've not really missed it being a dedicated channel. I'll occasionally watch something via iPlayer (and why BBC 3 wasn't just merged as part of the iPlayer brand I don't know...) but I'd say there hasn't been the same level of disquiet as when BBC 6 Music was threatened with closure.
All in all, looks like a good move for the BBC and I'm quite looking forward to it.
''there hasn't been the same level of disquiet as when BBC 6 Music was threatened with closure.'' Then can you please explain why so many people were against the closure of BBC 3, there was a lot of criticism from notable parties, including Greg James, Matt Lucas and Jack Whitehall. and can you also please explain why after the move online a recent survey by Ofcom has discovered that only 8% of 16 to 34 year old people watch BBC Three content each week? https://www.a516digital.com/2018/10/ofcom-report-reveals-young-people.html
I suppose the ultimate proof was in the pudding, or rather station staying afloat. 6 Music was an example of audiences, participants, and broader civic society responding in such a way as to cause the BBC to re-think.
I suppose, for me, this just sums up the approach to a digital age. Rightly, or wrongly, there is an assumption that audiences BBC 3 attract would more readily access online only content in such a way that BBC 4 audiences wouldn't (or couldn't).
It's not for me to explain anything, not least to someone who clearly has such strident views. I'm not speaking for the BBC, nor as an expert in digital campaigns but it rather strikes me that the central problem with BBC 3 is its offering; no matter what platform it is on.
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