BBC FOUR AND CBBC TO CLOSE AS LINEAR TV CHANNELS

The BBC has today set out the blueprint to build a "digital-first public service media organisation."



Examples of future changes announced today include:

  • The creation of a single, 24-hour TV news channel serving UK and international audiences, called BBC News, offering greater amounts of shared content, but maintaining the ability to offer separate broadcasts depending on what’s happening at home and abroad;



  • Plans to stop broadcasting smaller linear channels, such as CBBC and BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra, after the next few years;

  • Ongoing work to strip out any unnecessary bureaucracy, reduce running costs and simplify ways of working to free up time;



  • Plans to stop scheduling separate content for Radio 4 Long Wave, consulting with partners, including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, ahead of the closure of the Long Wave platform itself;

  • Bigger investment in programming from the nations and regions across the UK;

  • Investment in an enhanced news and current affairs offer for iPlayer and Sounds, with new video formats, simulcasts and podcasts;



Speaking to staff, Mr Davie said: “This is our moment to build a digital-first BBC. Something genuinely new, a Reithian organisation for the digital age, a positive force for the UK and the world.


“Independent, impartial, constantly innovating and serving all. A fresh, new, global digital media organisation which has never been seen before.



“Driven by the desire to make life and society better for our licence fee payers and customers in every corner of the UK and beyond. They want us to keep the BBC relevant and fight for something that in 2022 is more important than ever.


“To do that we need to evolve faster and embrace the huge shifts in the market around us.”



Work will start immediately, with further details to be announced in the coming months, including consultations with staff.