Earlier start time proposed for BBC3

The BBC is seeking to extend the broadcast hours of BBC Three into the afternoon.

The executive has submitted the idea to the BBC Trust, which would have to approve any change from the channel's current start time of 7pm.

Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision, said some of the additional time would be used for Switch, the corporation's teen programming strand.

The Trust is not expected to announce a decision until next year.

Bennett told Broadcast that she wants to see Switch shows, which currently include Kyle XY and Falcon Beach, in the "after school hours" on BBC Three.

"That would be one part of how we would want to use that air time," she said.