Media Briefs: BBC considers options for further channels

The BBC is reviewing its TV networks with a view to making BBC1 a more populist competitor to ITV, and moving less popular genres onto BBC2 and a series of new digital channels. While BBC1 would focus on entertainment, there is talk of having BBC2 air more demanding shows, a BBC3 to compete with Channel 4 , and a fourth channel to focus on classical music and the arts, and science, politics and philosophy. The review was announced in a speech given by director of television Mark Thompson this week.

The BBC is reviewing its TV networks with a view to making BBC1 a

more populist competitor to ITV, and moving less popular genres onto

BBC2 and a series of new digital channels. While BBC1 would focus on

entertainment, there is talk of having BBC2 air more demanding shows, a

BBC3 to compete with Channel 4 , and a fourth channel to focus on

classical music and the arts, and science, politics and philosophy. The

review was announced in a speech given by director of television Mark

Thompson this week.



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