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We knew BBC Three was going online-only early next year, but now we have a date: March 1st. That's according to the latest proposal – released as part of a new consultation – put forward by the BBC.

From October, expect the BBC to publicise the channel's closure. The Beeb will also repeat BBC Three shows on BBC One and BBC Two to show how the channel's programming will survive on linear TV.

Between January and March, BBC Three will become a "transitional channel", with its new online home publicly launched. This transitional phase will likely involve just 12 hours of programming per week, and that will all be archive shows shown late at night.

Then on March 1st, it will be switched off.

These plans could still change, of course. It's been anything but plain sailing so far. BBC Three was originally supposed to close this autumn, but was delayed until after Christmas. In June, the BBC Trust called for a "more carefully managed transition".

It looks like it is definitely going ahead though, despite a petition to keep the channel going.



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