BBC Trust to review children’s output

Clockwise from top left: Blue Peter, Deadly 60, Horrible Histories, Nina and the Neurons and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion The BBC Trust last reviewed children's content in 2009

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The BBC Trust has started a review into the children's channels CBeebies and CBBC.

It will examine how the two networks, which cater for under-sixes and six-12 years olds respectively, serve their audiences and meet licence requirements.

The review will also:

  • look at how other relevant BBC services - on TV, radio and online - plan to serve under-16s
  • check if the BBC is well-placed to face developments in the children's media sector including changes in listening and viewing habits
  • assess the BBC Executive's progress on radio for children, including children's programming on Radio 4 Extra.

A dedicated questionnaire for children, alongside a survey for adults, has been launched on the BBC Trust website and will close after May 31.

Information for organisations that wish to take part can be found here.

Alison Hastings, who is leading the review, said the BBC Trust is committed to ensuring the corporation provides children "with high-quality, home-grown programming".

"Since our last review in 2009 there have been many developments to the services the BBC provides. For example, we recently saw children's TV programming move to its dedicated digital home, in line with changing viewing habits," she added.

"We'll be taking stock to see how well the services are meeting their licence requirements and the expectations of the children and families who watch and listen."

In a competitive market of around 30 children's channels, CBeebies and CBBC remain the most popular, respectively reaching a weekly average of 48% and 36% among their target audiences.

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