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Danny Cohen’s BBC 3 Favors Comedy and News Over Drama in Move to Digital


BBC director of television Danny Cohen announced that BBC 3 will go digital, will broadcast around the clock and be focused on shorter-form comedy and hard hitting news shows. There will still be the dramas that has made the BBC famous, but this will be pared down to one drama a year, as reported by Digital Spy.

BBC 3 Dramas “In the Flesh” and “Being Human, ” “were both BAFTA winners and we want to keep winning BAFTAs for BBC 3.

While Danny Cohen admits this means cutting back on the kind of shows “I really like…but in a world of tough choices, we’ll focus on comedy and serious factual, and make less of those features and formats.”

Daily content will increase, but it is likely to be in a shorter form. “Russell Howard’s Good News” and “Backchat” are being moved to BBC2 and Cohen said the fate of other programs will be decided on a “case by case” basis.

Damien Kavanagh, who is leading the proposal for the BBC, said, “This is not moving a TV channel and putting it online. This is new. We are the first broadcaster in the world proposing something like this.”

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