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Children's television programmes will be broadcast on BBC One for the last time on Friday.

Shows including Blue Peter and Horrible Histories will now only go out on the CBBC digital channel.

The Cbeebies strand on BBC Two in the mornings will finish on 4 January, with pre-school programming then only available on the Cbeebies channel.

The changes are part of BBC-wide cost cutting but investment in children's programming will remain the same.

The final strand of CBBC on BBC One will go out on Friday afternoon, featuring a Blue Peter Christmas special and the CBeebies panto.

'Absolutely fundamental'

The decision to end children's programming on terrestrial channels was agreed by the BBC Trust in March, as the BBC looked ahead to the digital switchover.

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All analogue transmitters have now been switched off, which means all television broadcasts are digital, and viewers should be able to receive Freeview channels such as CBBC and Cbeebies.

And because of the way young audiences now consume television, there is unlikely to be a drop in viewing figures.

"Children's programmes are absolutely fundamental to the BBC and that is why we have protected investment in them in the light of cuts elsewhere," said the BBC Trust.

"Only a very small percentage of children still solely watch these programmes on BBC One and BBC Two alone, so moving them to digital channels is merely following current viewing patterns and reflects the fact that CBeebies and CBBC will be universally available on digital TV."


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    Comment number 71.

    The thing that worries me about this is that they say it is a cost-cutting measure so what is going to be replacing the childrens programming on BBC1&2? More bargain hunting and property selling I imagine... *yawn*

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    Comment number 70.

    As a kid, I always preferred BBC childrens' shows to ITV.

    Blue Peter was brilliant and informative, compared to that Magpie show with the bloke with the dodgy perm.

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    Comment number 69.

    "The decision to end children's programming on terrestrial channels"

    I saw that and was shocked, until I realised it is WRONG.

    There has been no decision to end children's programming on terrestrial channels.

    Don't people at the BBC understand that Freeview channels ARE terrestrial channels?

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    Comment number 68.

    51.bryces; You know that you can partake in other activities as a family that don't involve the T.V., don't you? And even then, if not, are you sitting watching Blue Peter with them? Put on some Attenborough and tell the kids to shut it, because you make the rules.

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    Comment number 67.

    its a pity the BBC didn't have a dedicated sports channel they could offload all the pathetic hero-worship and fawning onto. Oh yes they call it primetime BBC1.

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    Comment number 66.

    Just when everyone was begining to forgive the Beeb, they do something like this.

    Booooooooooooooooo sssssssssssssssssssssss booooooooooo

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    Comment number 65.

    Correct me if I've misunderstood but children will now have a dedicated channel to watch at the simple click of a remote.

    I was going to say that isn't exactly rocket science but then if some of us need to do anyone more complex with our TV sets our children generally have a better grasp of modern technology......

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    Comment number 64.

    Never again will we hear such words on BBC 1 saying 'It's Friday, it's five to five and it's......' - I will let you fill in the final word... :) (and yes, I am aware it was also 5 past for some of the time ;) )

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    Comment number 63.

    @51 - the only way that this would be pushing the families apart is that the parents have not yet got sufficiently technically savvy to put the children's channels on the main TV (or don't trust the kids to do it). Family viewing is still allowed even with lots of channels.

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    Comment number 62.

    Does anyone know what it will be replaced with on BBC1 and 2? No doubt it will just be more repeats, more programmes like 'Bargain Hunt' etc. Which begs the question, what's the point?

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    Comment number 61.

    Mike@52 You are talking nonsense and as such I guess you never actually saw Captain Pugwash on TV? I knew John Ryan who wrote the stories. He was a lovely dear old chap and by spreading this myth you are sullying his name. Please stop it.

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    Comment number 60.

    It just leaves a little less on BBC1 to watch but is that really important now terrestrial television has been turned off?

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    Comment number 59.

    I presented Children's BBC in the mid-90s, and although there's an 'end of an era' vibe to this, it was inevitable and viewing figures confirm that kids have made the switch. It's a shame for new presenters, though. We all benefitted from the huge audience tuning in for Neighbours at 5.40! The days of saving your best gags for 7 million viewers are sadly gone. Simeon Courtie - minus aardvark.

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    Comment number 58.

    I first saw The Magic Roundabout in France before the programme was exported to Britain; Why we British chose to rename Zebulon & Pollux is beyond me.

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    Comment number 57.

    > 47. Alan wrote... "Why oh why are kiddie's shows always on at crikey o'clock in the morning?"

    It is because in order to be put on iPlayer they must be broadcast first. If the BBC can not fit them in their normal schedule they can broadcast them at quiet times so they can still be made available on iPlayer.

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    Comment number 56.

    BBC kids programming is a load of left wing multicultural endorsing rubbish these days anyway.

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    Comment number 55.

    All Freeview digital channels are still broadcast terrestrially so the sentence below is just sloppy journalism.

    "The decision to end children's programming on terrestrial channels was agreed by the BBC Trust in March, as the BBC looked ahead to the digital switchover"

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    Comment number 54.

    @52 - You're wrong about Pugwash - the names are actually Tom the Cabin Boy, Master Mate, Barnabas and Willy... you're repeating an Urban Myth that actually got a couple of papers sued by Pugwash's creator a few years back!

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    Comment number 53.

    As the article mentions not many kids will actually be watching on BBC1 any more, my kids are the first to shout "701, 702" when changing channels, they know where the dedicated channels are. Simulcasting these shows on two channels isnt an efficient use of license fees so this is a good change.

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