£10m boost for BBC Three shows

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BBC Three is expanding its commissioning remit, with an additional £10 million (€11.17m) investment to launch a new editorial pillar, two years after going online.

“This is an exciting creative moment for the channel and the production community as we are broadening the scope of our commissioning,” commented Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three. “We have received extra investment in recognition of the great work we have been doing since moving online and we have ambitious plans for the next stage of our journey.

“Our aim is to bring a new spirit to our content which celebrates young people and their passions by commissioning new, innovative, contemporary takes on Fact-Ent, Formats and Entertainment which will unite and inspire our young audience.”

Under the new pillar, BBC Three will extend its focus and will be on the look-out for ideas with feel-good, entertaining propositions at their heart that celebrate and unite young people and get them talking.

When BBC Three moved online in 2016, it successfully organised its commissioning activity around two editorial pillars – Make Me Laugh and Make Me Think – which have seen BBC Three achieve great success with a raft of award-winning shows such as Fleabag, Murdered By My Father, People Just Do Nothing, Murder In Successville, American High School and Sex, Drugs And Murder: Life In The Red Light Zone.

According to the BBC, the new pillar will inject a different tone to BBC Three and provide more creative opportunities for programme makers to connect with young audiences in addition to the original pillars.

“We are reinventing the BBC for a new generation and BBC Three’s role in that is more important than ever,” declared Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content. “I’m really proud of what Damian and the team have achieved over the last two years and this extra investment is a clear signal of our commitment to entertaining young audiences into the future.”


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