CBBC and BBC Four will be closing, it’s been confirmed.
Director General Tim Davie made three announcement today, explaining younger audiences are turning to streaming channels such as Netflix and Disney Plus.
Davie stressed it is likely to happen within the next three years.
Speaking to BBC staff on Thursday, Davie said: ‘This is our moment to build a digital-first BBC.
Something genuinely new, a Reithian organisation for the digital age, a positive force for the UK and the world.
‘Independent, impartial, constantly innovating and serving all. A fresh, new, global digital media organisation which has never been seen before.’
Driven by the desire to make life and society better for our licence fee payers and customers in every corner of the UK and beyond. They want us to keep the BBC relevant and fight for something that in 2022 is more important than ever.’
To do that we need to evolve faster and embrace the huge shifts in the market around us.’
He added: ‘I believe in a public service BBC for all, properly funded, relevant for everyone, universally available, and growing in the on-demand age. This plan sets us on that journey.’
The move means programmes such as Blue Peter and Newsround will continue as digital first brands for the first time in their respective 50 year histories.
Further changes include the creation of a single 24 hour news channel called BBC News for both UK and international audiences.
Critics of the changes called the announcement ‘very sad news’.