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Senior BBC executives reckon youth-oriented channel BBC Three will be axed, even though it is yet to establish itself in its intended home online.

At the moment, the plan is that BBC Three will cease to exist as a broadcast channel, and instead be an online destination as part of BBC iPlayer. The channel had a glimmer of hope of survival when the BBC Trust ruled that it was yet to establish itself online.

Radio station BBC 6 Music also faced closure back in 2010, but was saved when the Trust ruled against it.

But senior execs tell Radio Times that the chances of BBC Three pulling a 6 Music-style survival are slim.

“There is no way the Trust will do a 6 Music and block the BBC3 closure  – it has gone too far and the BBC needs to make these savings," one senior executive said. "If they block this where do they suggest that the savings will come from? It’s impossible.”

Another said: “Everyone at the BBC is acting as if the channel will go.”

Danny Cohen, BBC director of television, is expected to formally submit the closure proposals this autumn. Director-general Tony Hall has already outlined plans to close the channel in autumn 2015.

He's expected to put £30 million of the savings into funding new drama. 

Source: Radio Times

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