ITV and Channel 4 have hit out against the BBC's plans to launch a timeshift version of BBC One next year in the latest parliamentary session reviewing the future of the BBC.
BBC One+1 is due to replace BBC Three next year, subject to BBC Trust approval. The intention to create BBC One+1 was first announced last Autumn by the BBC's Director General Tony Hall.
Speaking at yesterday morning's meeting of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, ITV's Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Magnus Brook told MPs that "BBC One+1 is a good example of the BBC chasing share by effectively saying
we’re going to repeat a channel an hour later, as opposed to taking that
money and investing it original content."
With reference to the BBC Three closure announcement, he said "The other curious thing we observed about it is the justification that
was given for the launch of BBC One+1 was that it was what young people
"Then six months later, the closure of BBC Three was justified on the
basis that young people want their services on-demand and they’re all
moving online. We struggle slightly to reconcile those two elements."
Also attending the session was Channel 4's chief marketing and communications officer, Dan Brooke. He confirmed that Channel 4 supported the closure of BBC Three, but opposed the proposed BBC One timeshift channel stating "It would seem to
be offering very little new to viewers at a cost that could be spent on
creating new programming.
He called for the BBC to undertake a commercial impact assessment as part of their proposals.
The BBC Trust will be reviewing the proposed changes to BBC TV services later this year.
Recorded coverage of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Hearing from 08/04/2014