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BBC Three is to become an online-only channel. 

The broadcaster is set to make the change in attempts to trim its budget and to cater to the channel's young audience. 

One the move comes into effect, BBC Three will only be available to watch by streaming through BBC iPlayer.

The channel launched in 2003 and was the starting point for popular programmes such as Little Britain, Gavin and Stacey and Torchwood.

BBC media correspondent  David Sillito said the move makes sense due to the fact the channel's target audience is 16 to 34-year-olds. 

"Increasingly, it's thought the youth audience are switching to accessing content online. They're watching in their bedrooms and watching on tablet devices," he stated.

A growing number of people are choosing to watch TV over the internet, with research from revealing the average Briton spends seven hours a week doing so.

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