The BBC is to launch a high definition (HD) version of BBC One on DTT, cable and satellite later in the year, following the BBC Trust’s approval of proposals from the Executive.
BBC One HD will include popular BBC titles in HD including EastEnders, Holby City, The One Show, The Apprentice, The Weakest Link, QI, Strictly Come Dancing, Human Planet and Waterloo Road.
Jana Bennett, Director BBC Vision said: “BBC HD has established itself as the most popular HD service, and these changes are important next steps in improving that service still further, providing an opportunity to showcase the wide variety of BBC programmes in the highest possible quality. We recognise that audiences have already been enjoying many of their favourite programmes in HD, and I’m delighted that we can now broaden their choice.”
The Trust also agreed an extension of daily hours on the existing BBC HD channel from an average of nine hours to 12 hours a day. These changes have been reflected in amended service licences for BBC One and the BBC HD channel.
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