The BBC has announced that CBBC, BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra will no longer be broadcast as linear channels.
The news is part of a plan to shake up the organization with the goal of “creating a modern, digitally led and streamlined organization that gets the most value out of the royalty.”
BBC World News and BBC News Channel are also set to merge into one channel, simply titled BBC News.
Director General Tim Davie told staff on Thursday (May 26) that the organization needed to reform in order to stay relevant and continue to provide great value to its users.
“When I started this job, I said that we must fight for something important: public-facing content and services that are universally available and freely available for the benefit of all,” he said.
“This fight is getting more and more intense, the stakes are high.”
Davie confirmed that although the changes to the channels won’t happen in the next three years, the plan to pull them out of linear television is in place for the future.
Other changes mentioned in the press release include plans for new on-demand content and formats for news and current events, organizing for some world service languages to be available digitally only.
In addition, there are plans to stop planning separate content for Radio 4 Long Wave ahead of the Long Wave platform altogether.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/bbc-cuts-cbbc-radio-4-ending-b2088052.html BBC closes CBBC, BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra as linear channels