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James Corden backs BBC Three online move: 'It is the best place for it'

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James Corden has revealed that he is in favour of the decision to close BBC Three as a broadcast TV channel.

The Gavin & Stacey actor admitted during a talk at Advertising Week Europe that he is in a "public minority" by supporting the decision to move the channel online in autumn 2015.

James Corden reprising his role as Gavin and Stacey' character Smithy

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James Corden says online is the "best place" for BBC Three


He said: "If they were saying, 'We're closing BBC Three and this avenue is closed to new writers and creators', then I would be as outraged as people are about it [not] being on TV.

"Provided there is still a commitment to it as a channel and there's investment in young writers and young performers and young directors, and its programmes... are aimed at a new and fresh audience, then actually online is the best place for it to be."

Corden said it is true that "a younger audience" are consuming shows in a different way, particularly university students who have a laptop and not a TV.

He added: "It should be the first BBC channel to exist online.


"If I was sat here telling you I've just signed a huge deal with Netflix, you'd be going, 'Wow that's amazing'. You can't see it as that it's no longer a channel because it's no longer on TV."

The comedian also said that he believes Gavin & Stacey might not be commissioned by BBC Three if it were a new project today.

"I don't know if Gavin & Stacey would be commissioned by BBC Three today anyway. The channel has changed. It was in 2007 that we made that show. It's a much younger outlook and those shows don't tend to be on BBC Three at the moment," he said.

Meanwhile, BBC Three controller Zai Bennett has described the channel's move online as "perverse".

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