BBC Three launches show that divides viewers as the channel makes a return to television after five years


BBC Three was relaunched on TV for the first time since it was shut down in 2005. However, some viewers were divided by its launch party.

The BBC channel was previously online in 2016, but is now back on TV screens across the country.

It was after 2020 research found that there was a “strong case”It will be re-broadcast on mainstream television, but it will be aimed at a younger audience.

The launch party was hosted by Clara Amfo (Radio One) and Greg James (Radio One).

The party featured live performances, including Selecta, a new music clip from George Ezra and teaser clips from what’s to follow on the channel, like RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World.

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Radio One star Greg James and co-star Clara Amfo launched the BBC Three launch program

Although some fans were happy to see the BBC channel return, others were bitterly disappointed. Some took to Twitter in order to vent their frustrations.

One viewer wrote: “actually disappointed with this BBC Three launch party, really boring”

A second: “That had to be the worst channel launch”

The third was added: “Is this whole launch meant to feel like an unfunny W1A sketch is that what you were going for?”

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Clara Amfo from Radio 1 joined Greg on the re-launch show

As they screamed, a fourth wasn’t a fan. “I was quite looking forward to BBC Three coming back but this music is making me want to eat my f***in eyeballs”.

Others, however, supported the relaunch because they were happy to see the channel return.

One wrote: “Actually so far really liking the BBC Three relaunch. That news segment did feel a bit like newsround though”

A second: “Loving the BBCThree launch!”

A third comment was: “Really enjoying the return of BBCThree”.

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BBC Three was removed in 2016 from television screens. It went online before it returned this week.

A fourth penned: “welcome back #BBCThree”

Interviews were also conducted with Love Island star Zara McDermott, and Hollywood star Tom Holland.

The channel will present shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus The Globe, and new shows such as The Fast and the Farmerish.

Fiona Campbell was BBC Three’s controller and praised the new channel’s style as: “unfiltered, unapologetic and extraordinary”.

She stated: “Our channel is all about a concentrated experience of how tough it is to be super young in the UK today and that show epitomises and embodies that tough emotion and feeling.”

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