BBC Trust confirms closure of website and app for Radio One news bulletin Newsbeat

The BBC Trust today amended its Radio One service licence allowing it to close news bulletin service Newsbeat’s associated website and app.

The closure was first announced in May last year in the BBC’s Online Creative Review and was confirmed last month at a Trust meeting.

It follows evidence that young people favour the main BBC News website and app over Newsbeat’s own.

Radio One targets an audience aged between 15 and 29-years-old and also aims to provide some programming for younger teenagers.

A spokesperson said: “The aim of the changes is to make Newsbeat content available in places where young people are more likely to seek out news content, thereby helping to connect more people to a wider BBC offering and ensuring that Newsbeat’s journalism is more central to the BBC News website and digital platforms.”

Newsbeat will continue to broadcast on Radio One and its online content will be integrated with BBC News online, the BBC has confirmed.

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