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The Digital Platform, which is home to 'Fleabag and / and/or Normal People, will return as a Broadcast Channel in February

The Digital Platform, which is home to 'Fleabag and / and/or Normal People, will return as a Broadcast Channel in February

BBC Three, the digital platform that has been home to the Fleabag and Normal People, is returning as a broadcast channel.

The channel was approved by Ofcom on Thursday, the British media regulator, who approved the channel on the basis that at least 75% of hours broadcast each year will be original programs that are commissioned for U.K. viewers.

The corporation officially confirmed the launch of BBC Three in February, which will be available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat with EPG numbers confirmed at a later date.

This approach will bring a broad mix of programs that inspire, challenge thinking, at s pivotal and exciting time to be young in the U.K., to the audience. This is transforming iPlayer's new channel, where young audiences can get to new content on the BBC.

The BBC and Pact have agreed a new terms of trade deal for television productions made by independent producers extending the key of rights negotiations between BBC Three and program suppliers who were once making shows for digital platforms and now have to produce for radiodo.

Here are the key terms below:

  • Under the deal, for BBC Three commissions, the BBC will have a two-year window on its catch-up platform iPlayer as well as unlimited transmissions on the BBC Three broadcast channel during the first 18 months.
  • The BBC also has a further 18 transmission days on BBC Three for the remaining 3.5 years of licence included within the initial program payment to independent producers. For transmissions on other BBC channels, repeats can be purchased separately under existing terms.
  • For iPlayer use beyond the two years, a payment of 1% for non-exclusivity and 2% for exclusivity is required for each 12-month extension, and each time the BBC acquires an additional iPlayer window, the initial licence term reduces by six months (but can be extended).

The BBC said the new deal will provide a more value to the public, ensure.a clear framework for producers and allow the BBC to have able to watch the three and three BBCs in the same way.

Jo Korn said: This new deal is great news for the BBC and independent producers. We're really delighted to have concluded this in time for launch. It gives the channel the flexibility to ensure its programs deliver real value to audiences, whatever they want, and recognition of success for producers as well.

The re-introduction of the linear channel and the opportunity for producers to show the brilliant creativity of their independent production industry, is an excellent example of Pact and their work together to deliver a positive result for everyone.