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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.

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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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