The BBC is set to close the BBC HD channel, as part of proposals for cost-savings.
The BBC HD service launched as a trial service in 2006, and was the first free-to-view HD channel in the UK. As part of the BBC’s cost-cutting proposal “Delivering Quality First”, the HD channel is set to be scrapped and replaced by an HD version of BBC2.
The BBC HD channel differs from the newer BBC One HD channel, in that it can broadcast a pool of programmes from across the BBC’s output, including shows from BBC Three and BBC Four. The channel’s replacement, BBC Two HD, will presumably be limited to an HD simulcast of the main BBC Two channel’s shows, meaning less scope for showing exciting HD content from Auntie Beeb’s other channels.
Other BBC Cuts
As mentioned above, the closure of BBC HD is just one of the cost-cutting measures proposed as part of the BBC’s newly-published “Delivering Quality First” document, which will see a shakeup of the BBC to achieve savings of over £650 million a year.
Other changes announced as part of the BBC’s planned cost savings include:
- 15% reduction in purchases of rights for sporting events
- More repeats on BBC2
- A reduction of around 2,000 jobs over a five-year period
- More parts of the BBC, including BBC3, to move from London to Salford
- Less local programming and more networking on BBC local radio stations
- Spending cuts for BBC Radio 3 and the Asian Network
You can find more information on the BBC proposals here: Media Guardian – BBC to axe 2000 jobs