BBC Four becomes ‘Home of Repeats’ with original programming in cost savings as BBC Three returns to TV screens
- BBC 4 becomes ‘home to the most distinctive content from the BBC archive’
- Corporation saved £ 880 million last year compared to 2016/17 levels
- The channel still broadcasts BBC Proms and BBC Young Musician programs
BBC Four will become the ‘home’ of ‘archived content’ as funding is expected to be cut with fewer original broadcasts, the BBC has announced.
In its annual plan for 2021/22, the BBC said it will “deviate from deploying a large number of cheaper programs on BBC Four, which are less effective at reaching audiences on the channel and on iPlayer.”
The channel will become ‘home to the most distinctive content from across the BBC archive,’ it added.
The BBC delivered £ 880 million in savings last year compared to the level of spending in 2016/17
BBC Four will still broadcast performances such as the BBC Proms and BBC Young Musician
The move comes amid a cost-cutting drive from the BBC.
The BBC delivered £ 880 million in savings last year compared to the level of spending in 2016/17.
The figure is expected to rise above £ 950 million next year.
BBC Four will still broadcast performances such as the BBC Proms and BBC Young Musician.
The report also included further details on BBC Three’s return as a linear television channel next year.
BBC Three ceased operating in 2016 and was replaced by an online-only version available through the iPlayer.
According to the report, the channel will broadcast daily from 7pm to 4am, subject to regulatory approval once it returns to television screens.
Children’s channel CBBC closes at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.