Controversial BBC Three plans delayed

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Plans to take BBC off air have been delayed for another year.

Fans of BBC Three and it's multitude of popular programmes were in shock when plans to make the channel "Online Only" were announced recently and now the broadcaster has delayed the move until 2016.

The decision to delay the process appears to have come from the torrent of messages and protests from those who oppose the changes as it was also announced that the plans would still undergo a final decision by the BBC Trust.

It would appear as though the move is going to go ahead no matter what people want though as the statement below confirms.

"We won't be rushed. We will do what's right for our fans, not to satisfy deadlines", said BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh. "Once we have the Trust's final decision, we'll start doing more online and in social [media], building up to a move online. You simply can't turn around something as groundbreaking as this overnight."

The phraseology of the statement appears to show Kavanagh attempting to sell the move as groundbreaking, when in fact it's clearly a demotion for the channel. Anyone who uses BBC iplayer regularly will tell you how poor it is so the decision to move an entire channel to this resource appears to be a death knoll.

Quite what will happen to it's wealth of programming that includes Family Guy, Uncle, The Revolution Will be Televised, Don't Tell The Bride among many others will remain to be seen, but you can guarantee those involved are losing sleep.


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