BBC Three is set to return as a TV channel in January 2022.

The news comes six-years after BBC bosses decided to move the channel online.

The broadcasting controller at the time said: “We are the first broadcaster in the world to propose something like this.”

Now, after the global success of shows including Fleabag, Killing Eve, and Normal People, BBC bosses are working towards airing the channel on TV again.

Killing Eve and Fleabag – which were both written by comedy genius Phoebe Waller-Bridge – have attracted mass audiences to the iPlayer.

Meanwhile BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People – starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones – became the most-watched show on BBC last year after viewers tuned in to witness the love story of Connell and Marianne unfold over 62 million times.

Killing Eve and Fleabag – which were both written by comedy genius Phoebe Waller-Bridge – have attracted mass audiences to the iPlayer
Killing Eve and Fleabag – which were both written by comedy genius Phoebe Waller-Bridge – have attracted mass audiences to the iPlayer

Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer said about the comeback: “BBC Three is a BBC success story, backing creativity, new talent, and brave ideas has resulted in hit after hit, from Fleabag and Man Like Mobeen, Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out, to Normal People and This Country.

“The BBC needs to back success and make sure its programmes reach as many young people as possible wherever they live in the UK.

BBC Three’s comeback will be aimed at younger audiences
BBC Three’s comeback will be aimed at younger audiences

“So, regardless of debates about the past, we want to give BBC Three its own broadcast channel again. It has exciting, groundbreaking content that deserves the widest possible audience, and using iPlayer alongside a broadcast channel will deliver the most value.”

Bosses are already doubling investment on the channel - and will use both iPlayer and the channel to deliver 'more value' to younger audiences.

BBC Three’s comeback will be aimed at younger audiences.

BBC Three's Normal People became the most watched show last year
BBC Three's Normal People became the most watched show last year

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The channel will be targeted at audiences aged 16-34 and will broadcast shows from 7pm to 4am each day.

BBC Three was originally taken off air in March 2016.

The broadcasting corporation said the move would save £30m a year and help to reduce spending after the government imposed massive cuts.

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