BBC in new channel 3 bid

BBC in new channel 3 bid

Jowell: rejected BBC's original plans

The BBC has submitted radically revised plans for its BBC3 youth channel to Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.

She rejected the BBC's original plans in September, saying the proposed channel was not distinctive enough in a "crowded" youth market.

New plans place much greater emphasis on news, current affairs, education and the arts - now earmarked to account for 15% of hours broadcast and over a third of programming specially made for the channel.

Key changes include a dedicated 15-minute news programme every weekday in peak time and hourly bulletins until midnight.

Each year there will be 30 new half-hour current affairs programmes, 30 hours of new education programmes and 50 hours of new music and arts programmes.

The BBC is promising more online and interactive support, especially for its educational programming.

BBC3 will also focus more heavily on reflecting the multicultural, multi-ethnic society of the UK.

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