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BBC Three controller on In The Flesh axe: 'I want the freshest ideas'

20 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanaugh has addressed the decision not to order a third series of In The Flesh.

In an official release addressing the future of the channel, Kavanaugh stated that he is looking for "the latest and freshest ideas" in television drama.

"The show has been amazing for BBC Three, just like Being Human and The Fades before that," he said of the BAFTA-winning supernatural series.

"But with a falling income and increased costs, BBC Three can only make one drama a year and I want the latest and freshest ideas, ideas that will break new talent on and off-screen. This is part of what BBC Three does and should do.

"I'm sure those guys will do amazing things, just like James Corden and Ruth Jones and Matt Lucas and David Walliams did before them. We will have some exciting news on a new BBC Three drama very soon. »

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BBC Three to be subject of £100m bid to save channel from online move

20 January 2015 1:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Three is to be the subject of a new £100m bid, according to a report.

Two Avalon and Hat Trick production executives will pledge the money in an effort to save the channel from its move online in the autumn.

The Guardian reports that Jon Thoday of Avalon (producers of Russell Howard's Good News) and Jimmy Mulville of Hat Trick (producers of Have I Got News for You) are set to table the bid.

Should the proposal be accepted, it would be the first ever case of a licensed BBC public service moving into the private sector.

The move could see an extra £15m invested in programme making.

Current BBC Three plans will see it closed as a broadcast channel and moved exclusively online.

The BBC has claimed that the corporation would save over £50m with the move - £30m of which will be invested into BBC One drama. »

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