BBC_Worldwide_LogoThe BBC’s online shop, which sells DVDs, Blu-ray and branded merchandise, is to close at the end of the month.

BBCShop.com brings together collections of items based on the broadcaster’s biggest and has long been a favourite with fans of Doctor Who, TopGear and Sherlock.

The shop is operated by BBC Worldwide which returns any profits to help fund the BBC’s Public Service programming.

According to a statement, Worldwide has decided to axe the site from the 30th March and focus instead on BBC Store, its new digital download site.

The company says it took the decision because the “DVD market has been in decline for a number of years as consumers move to digital viewing.”

BBC Worldwide says it’ll continue to publish DVDs and Blu-ray discs which will remain available from online and high street retailers.

The statement also reassures fans that Worldwide “will continue to work with external organisations to create great BBC merchandise of favourite shows such as Doctor Who Monopoly or Sherlock T shirts and you will continue to be able to buy these products from many high street and online retailers as well as supermarkets.”

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