Tony Hall, the general director of the channel will save the culture-orientated BBC Four in place of the comedy channel to save the BBC £100 million. BBC Three will not disappear completely from TV but will retain its brand online and will be shown through the BBC iPlayer. The plans will only go through if they are approved by the BBC Trust.
The BBC has experimented with putting BBC Three’s content online in the past. In 2012 the Comedy Feeds project put eight pilot shows on iPlayer. iPlayer has also premiered new comedy series before BBC channels, with viewers being offered a first look online at both Peter Kay’s Car Share and Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education.