BBC cuts spending on TV content as it looks to improve digital offerings
The BBC has reduced spending on TV content and increased spending on digital services, according to the BBC Annual Report 2015/16.
The 162-page document details that spending on TV content has decreased from £1.8 billion to £1.7 billion, a fall of 5.2%. Meanwhile, spending on digital services has risen from £125.6 million to £153.3 million, a 23% increase.
In February, the BBC has converted BBC Three from a linear to digital channel, which contributed to a £10.4 million increase in digital expenditure.
However, the total spent on the youth-skewed channel decreased by a dramatic 35.5% from £82 million in 2014/15 to £52.9 million in the year before February’s move. From February onwards, BBC Three was included in the BBC Online spend.
It is not clear yet how the move to online has been received, however the report did note that overall reach for the channel fell from 18.4% to 17.1% of the UK population. Average time spent viewing the channel also decreased.