The BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16.
The Best Of will launch next month and will bring together original long-form programmes and a range of new content, including shortform films, to give audiences a “deeper, richer experience than ever before,” according to BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (left).
The Daily Drop will launch in beta this week, offering “snackable” mobile-focused content. “The plan is to over time publish compelling, sharable content thoughout the day,” said Kaanagh.
Among the new BBC Three commissions announced yesterday were: a series of short films from new writers from BBC Drama and actor Idris Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures; a standalone serial of 8x8mins films called Life and Death Row: Love Triangle; a new drama from writer Jess Brittain set at Edinburgh university called Clique; and a new documentary called Black Power that will investigate the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panther movements.
“We’re reinventing our offer for young people, but I want to be clear that this is just the start. We will iterate, refine, adapt and I ask that you guys come on this adventure with us. Some things won’t work, but we have the capability to change tack very, very quickly; this is what’s most exciting about the new BBC3,” said Kavanagh.
“We have a brilliant track record on BBC3 for making purposeful content that resonates with people, and we will build on this,” he said.
In a brief speech at the BBC Three relaunch yesterday evening, BBC director general, Tony Hall (right) praised the youth-focused network and said that its move online broke new ground.
“We’re the first broadcaster in the world to work out what it’s going to be like in an on-demand world,” said Hall. “No TV channel has ever done this before. This is new and let’s be clear, it’s also risky, but risky in a way that it should be risky – if we don’t take risks, who is going to?”