It follows news that the BBC Trust is not expected to reach a provisional conclusion until June 2015. Last week, BBC Trust Minutes from its February meeting confirmed that there would be a "a second period of public consultation", following the provisional conclusion.
Preempting what appears to be a foregone conclusion by the BBC Trust, BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh told Broadcast:
“Once we have the Trust’s final decision, we’ll start doing more online and in social, building up to a move online-only after Christmas.”
He said the time was needed to be able to market the online channel ahead of the move.