BBC3 not for sale - corporation; UK BULLETINS.
BBC bosses have ruled out selling digital station BBC3 after major independent producers stepped forward to try to keep the channel on TV and pump in extra cash.
Production firms Hat Trick and Avalon joined forces in a bid to buy the channel rather than see it taken off air and made into more of an online and iPlayer presence as part of the corporation's cost savings.
The firms - behind shows such as Have I Got News For You and Not Going Out - confirmed they had put forward a plan to acquire the channel.
They said they would give BBC3 a budget more than three times higher than the one proposed by the BBC if it becomes an online proposition.