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BBC will axe THREE linear channels, including CBBC, The Manc

BBC will axe THREE linear channels, including CBBC

The BBC will stop broadcasting CBBC, BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra on linear in the coming years, it has been announced today.

The broadcaster has revealed plans to build a ‘digital-first public service media organisation’ with a blueprint that includes axing smaller channels.

Other changes announced today in the vision for a new streamlined service include the creation of a single 24-hour news channel, called BBC News.

The BBC said it will invest more into programming from the nations and regions across the UK.

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BBC will axe THREE linear channels, including CBBC, The Manc
The BBC recently celebrated 20 years of CBBC. Credit: BBC

It also outlined plans to ‘strip out any unnecessary bureaucracy, reduce running costs and simplify ways of working to free up time’.

In a speech to its staff this afternoon, the BBC’s director-general Tim Davie said the broadcaster ‘must reform to stay relevant’.

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Up to 1000 fewer people will be employed in the public-funded part of the BBC over the coming years.

Davie told staff: “When I took this job I said that we needed to fight for something important: public service content and services, freely available universally, for the good of all.

“This fight is intensifying, the stakes are high.”

CBBC, BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra will become online-only services, though the exact date for this change has not yet been announced.

Featured image: BBC

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