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BBC Three shuts up shop and becomes online only – James Corden pays tribute

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By John McCarthy | Media editor

February 16, 2016 | 3 min read

BBC Three has faced its curtain call after the channel was broadcast on television for the last time on Monday night (16 February).

Having rebranded in January, invoking a degree of mockery with its app friendly new look, BBC Three is moving online, with content to be distributed via the iPlayer.

Additionally, the broadcaster has set up a channel on YouTube, launching a video announcing the move this morning and teasing its upcoming content.

Former BBC Three star James Corden, who received his start on national TV with hit comedy Gavin and Stacy, paid tribute to the channel, wishing it the best of luck on its new platform.

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The shift comes amidst claims there is "serious consideration" is being given to merging BBC Three with Radio 1 as the broadcaster looks to restructure its youth audiences under a single controller.

BBC director General Tony Hall estimates that the move will save the BBC £30m a year.

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