It is being replaced as an archive channel.
BBC Four will be replaced as an archive channel with no new shows except live performance broadcasts.
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The move is part of the BBC’s cost-cutting campaign, which the corporation set out five years ago, with savings of £ 800 million a year until March 2022.
BBC Four will become the “home” of archived material, but will continue to broadcast performances such as BBC Prom, BBC Young Dancers and BBC Young Musicians. A portion of its annual report reads, “BBC Four’s proposed changes will build on the channel’s current archive content offer, which already includes 76 percent of BBC Four’s broadcast hours and 69 percent of the channel’s broadcast time.”
The channel was responsible for launching acclaimed shows such as Charlie Broker’s Wipe franchise, Emmy-nominated drama Burton and Taylor And BAFTA-winning comedy Finders.
Today we have published our annual plan 2021/22: https://t.co/6kS8AYqTZj
– BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) March 29, 2021
Publishing its annual plan for 2021-22, the corporation said the channel would “become home to the most exclusive content in the BBC’s collection” [via The Guardian].
It has been revealed that the BBC had received £ 880m of annual recurring savings since 2016–17, meaning it beat the target a year earlier than scheduled. Annual savings are expected to go up to £ 950m by March 2022.
Despite this, the BBC said that more severe cuts were about to take place and that “further savings would include difficult choices that would affect programs and services”.
Earlier this month, the corporation announced that BBC Three would return as a broadcast channel six years after the BBC Threelayer went online.
Last year, BBC research concluded that there was a “strong case” for BBC Three, which reverted to airing on TV with a focus on smaller audiences. The BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore said in a statement that the corporation “needs to achieve success and make its programs reach as young as possible where they live in the UK”.