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BBC Three will produce “far fewer” shows when it moves online, its controller Zai Bennett has admitted.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the corporation is planning to close the channel next year in a bid to save over £50m.

The brand is expected to survive as a “new and innovative online service” with the spectrum freed-up by the broadcast channel being used to extend CBBC’s transmission hours and to provide a BBC One +1 service.

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Appearing on a BAFTA TV Question Time panel, Bennett anticipated a reduction in output following the changes, however insisted that the quality of productions would not suffer.

“We won’t be able to do everything we do now,” said Bennett “[instead] we’ll have to make some big bets – what we need to make sure we do is commission the very best shows we can.”

Bennett added that the channel’s move online would place extra responsibility on BBC One and BBC Two to cater to young audiences.

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