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Friday, 7 December, 2001, 16:51 GMT
BBC outlines 'radically different' channel
BBC Three
Original plans for BBC Three were rejected in September
The BBC has submitted to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, what it describes as a "radically different proposal for the creation of BBC Three".

In a statement issued on Friday, the corporation said its new concept remained focused on the needs of younger adult viewers.

But the proposal - a revised version of a plan rejected by the DCMS in September - places greater emphasis on news, current affairs, education, music and the arts, said the BBC.

The corporation said it believed its new proposal would fulfil the DCMS's demand that BBC Three provide a distinctive and innovative service for younger adults.

The BBC said the channel's core programme genres would be entertainment, drama, news, current affairs, music and arts and education.

Its new proposals for these genres are:

  • A 15-minute news programme each week day in peak time and hourly bulletins until midnight.

  • To provide annually at least 30 new half-hour current affairs programmes, 30 hours of new education programmes and 50 hours of new music and arts programmes.

  • More online and interactive support, with at least 20% of the channel's output supported interactively.

  • Greater commitment to promoting new talent both on and off screen with at least six new talent initiatives every year.

  • More focus on reflecting every nation and region of the UK and the multicultural, multi-ethnic society of modern Britain.

    These would fulfill BBC Three's key commitments to:

  • Focus on intelligent new entertainment and drama.

  • Devote more than a third of programmes to news, current affairs, education, music and the arts.

  • Provide additional general factual output.

  • Devote 80% of airtime to programmes specially commissioned for the channel.

  • Devote 90% of airtime to programmes made in the UK.

  • Fulfil the BBC's targets for independent production and production from across the nations and regions of the UK.

    A full copy of the BBC's new proposals for BBC Three are available on the DCMS website.

    The BBC's Nick Higham
    "The new channel (BBC Three) would have been too similar to existing commercial rivals"
    Tessa Jowell, Culture Secretary
    "It's for the BBC to comeback with a new proposal that is distinctive"
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