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BBC Three to piggyback CBeebies

Broadcast have learned BBC Three may use existing spectrum

JA
Jake Central (East) East Midlands Today
It will use the spectrum of CBeebies but won't be on 202. I imagine they will get a much better LCN for it on all the various platforms.


If it gets the spectrum of CBeebies, where does BBC4 go?


More importantly, if one of BBC 3 and BBC 4 is getting shifted to start at 9pm, where is Eurovision going to go? Shocked

Whichever starts at 7 presumably.
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TI
This Is Granada UTV
Simple solution, CBBC goes back to closing at 7pm (surely cant be that many viewers for their 7pm-9pm programming anyway), then THREE starts at 7pm as per usual.

Even if on some days THREE shows more 'grown up' CBBC stuff in the 7pm slot here and there...gets the CBBC viewers (who are the next generation THREE viewers anyway) onto the THREE channel/into the THREE brand, who might then stick with THREE when they grow up.
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PL
PaddyLee84 UTV Newsline
A lot of BBC 3 content is or is better suited to post-watershed times anyway, so I imagine it will actually start at 9pm after CBBC goes to sleep, or they're gonna rearrange things so CBBC finishes at 8pm instead?
RW
Robert Williams Founding member London London
Simple solution, CBBC goes back to closing at 7pm (surely cant be that many viewers for their 7pm-9pm programming anyway), then THREE starts at 7pm as per usual.

Even if on some days THREE shows more 'grown up' CBBC stuff in the 7pm slot here and there...gets the CBBC viewers (who are the next generation THREE viewers anyway) onto the THREE channel/into the THREE brand, who might then stick with THREE when they grow up.


BBC Three showed signs of doing that a few years ago when a series of Wolfblood was repeated at 7pm. However what else could they show in the 7-9 slot? Just about all of what they now commission seems to be of the post-watershed variety. They always used to struggle to fill that timeslot anyway - looking at some schedules from 2015, nearly every weekday evening seems to comprise the same line-up - repeats of Top Gear followed by repeats of Don't Tell the Bride.

Anyway, the Digital Spy thread on this is suggesting that Broadcast have removed the line about CBeebies, presumably having realised that it makes no sense whatsoever.
GO
gottago London London

Anyway, the Digital Spy thread on this is suggesting that Broadcast have removed the line about CBeebies, presumably having realised that it makes no sense whatsoever.

Yes they have, it's changed to speculating which slot it could use, much like on here.
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
The 'New BBC Three' could easily grab some of the older CBBC output and run that in the 1900-2100 slot to compensate for the reduction in CBBC hours. I can't see their being enough content available for say a 1900 - 0100 BBC Three offering without budget redirection. It'd provide a good lead in to whatever content was available.
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BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
An 8pm or 9pm start would be sufficient, with basically a 2-3 hour schedule of programmes that can then be repeated to form a 5-6 hour schedule.
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AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
9pm onwards would be perfectly sufficient, allowing them basically 3 slots per night, that could then be repeated again overnight. If they started earlier the pre watershed time is bound to be fillers
BC
Blake Connolly Founding member London London
The Radio Times is reporting that no decision has been made, as yet:
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-09-28/bbc-three-return-linear/
TR
trivialmatters
I can imagine they've looked at the ratings for BBC Three shows on BBC One and seen that they are performing well, not realising that they're performing well because they're on BBC One not hidden on BBC Three.

Running this as a linear TV channel is a money pit.
JF
JetixFann450 Central Reporting Scotland
To be fair though, I can see the BBC using the Three Time slot to their advantage, directing viewers for "more BBC Three" after the hour block is over, sort of like how they used to in the early days of the channel.

Still though, if Broadcast were to be believed, 202 is a pretty low number and would require another channel shuffle in the process, not to mention VM's old slot for BBC Three was taken by their rival, E4.

And really? CBeebies? Oh, are we going from In the Night Garden to Fleabag? I imagine the article writer has mixed up his CBs. At least with CBBC, the later hours have been used for teen programming before and that easing of the audience from CBBC to BBC Three has been seamless, especially since they started out re-running episodes of Doctor Who then starting it's prime-time programming at 9pm.
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IS
Inspector Sands

Running this as a linear TV channel is a money pit.

Not really, the programmes exist and the airtime exists. I don't know how their contract with Red Bee works but I'm sure doing a few extra hours a night won't cost much, if anything.

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