BBC Three, six years after moving online, will be back as a television channel on February 1, according to regulator Ofcom.
Since then, the channel was responsible for many major hits like Fleabag and Normal People. This has prompted calls for its revival.
Official approval was given by the broadcasting regulator on Thursday. The new channel will now be available on Freeview and Sky as well as Virgin and Freesat.
Fiona Campbell of BBC Three said that she was absolutely thrilled.
In a statement, she stated that this was a significant moment and the channel will be a place for younger audiences to find more BBC content.
We will be working with iPlayer in order to offer a wide range of content that represents the UK. And we will continue supporting new talents and innovative ideas.
She said that broadcasting would bring “a distinct mix of programs that are there for entertainment, inspire and challenge thought, at a pivotal time in which to be young and excited in the UK”.
BBC research last year found that BBC Three was an appealing channel for younger viewers.
Julian Knight, MP said that the BBC’s online move showed it had failed viewers after being first revealed in March.
Knight, chairman of the select committee responsible for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said, “I doubt whether putting the clock forward five years is a good way to win over the 18-35s.”
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