Following Ofcom’s consultation on BBC’s proposals for the launch of BBC Three, the channel will be launching on Freeview channel 23 in SD and channel 109 in HD (For England, Northern Ireland & the Channel Islands) on 26 January 2022.

Changes to some channel numbers will be taking place at midday on 26 January to comply with requirements published by Ofcom as part of their consultation. These are outlined in their Statement: Review of rules for prominence of BBC Three

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More information on why these changes are taking place see these pages on the Ofcom website

Statement: Review of rules for prominence of BBC Three 

BBC Three can return as TV channel

What’s changing? 

All channels between channel numbers 23 and 82 will be moving up one channel number except Dave Ja Vu who will be moving up 2 channels from 23 to 25. 

There will be no changes to the broadcast hours, coverage, or content for these channels. 

Channel number changes:

Current channel

New channel

Channel name

_ 23 BBC Three
_ 109 BBC Three HD (For England, Northern Ireland & the Channel Islands)
23 25 Davejavu
25 26 ITV4
26 27 Yesterday
27 28 ITVBe
28 29 ITV2 +1
29 30 E4+1
30 31 4Music
31 32 5STAR
32 33 5Action
33 34 GREAT! movies
34 35 UTV+1
34 35 STV+1
34 35 ITV +1
35 36 Pick
36 37 QVC Beauty
37 38 QVC Style
38 39 DMAX
39 40 Quest Red
40 41 CBS Justice
41 42 GREAT! movies action
42 43 Food Network
43 44 HGTV
44 45 Gems TV
45 46 Channel 5+1
46 47 Film4+1
47 48 Challenge
48 49 4seven
49 50 GREAT! tv
50 51 Ideal World
51 52 GREAT! movies classic
52 53 TG4
53 54 RTÉ One
54 55 RTÉ Two
55 56 5SELECT
56 57 Smithsonian Channel
57 58 ITVBe+1
58 59 ITV3+1
59 60 ITV4+1
60 61 GREAT! movies +1
61 62 GREAT! tv +1
62 63 GREAT! movies classic +1
63 64 Blaze
64 65 FreeSports
65 66 TBN UK
66 67 CBS Reality
67 68 CBS Drama
68 69 Horror Channel
69 70 QUEST+1
70 71 Quest Red+1
71 72 Jewellery Maker
72 73 Shopping Quarter
73 74 Drama +1
74 75 Yesterday+1
75 76 NOW 70s
76 77 NOW 80s
77 78 TCC
78 79 NOW 90s
79 80 Clubland TV
80 81 Blaze+1
81 82 Talking Pictures TV
82 83 Together TV