Children's programming comes to an end on BBC One


The BBC's Lizo Mzimba looks back at some memorable moments

Related Stories

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.

Former children's presenter Andy Crane: ''It's a shame but it's the way of the world these days''

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."


More on This Story

Related Stories


This entry is now closed for comments

Jump to comments pagination
  • rate this

    Comment number 91.

    I am amazed at the BBC as I think good children's television is a great early educational aid. It is a retrograde step. They keep on programmes where supposed comedians think a joke is just a sentence full of vile 4 letter words and other filth - there mouths should be washed out with carbolic soap.

  • rate this

    Comment number 90.

    Shame Horrible Histories is about the only comedy show on BBC1 that is actually funny.

  • rate this

    Comment number 89.

    @85. jideram

    Good point

  • rate this

    Comment number 88.

    The programmes aren't changing. You can still watch them. There's no dumbing down. Why must u change rooms if the kids want to watch CBBC? You weren't watching the news when kids tv was on BBC1, you were watching the same programme as them, nothing changes apart from the Channel no. The same tv will pick up the same programmes in the same room, simply on a different channel. At 6pm watch BBC1.

  • rate this

    Comment number 87.

    @51 Not all parents want to sit down with their children and watch TV. Now, if there is only one TV available, the soap/reality TV/vote'em off shows preferred by the 'adults' will likely win. Another generation raised on drivel.

  • Comment number 86.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this

    Comment number 85.

    "I'm probably just being really ignorant here, but I don't understand how this is going to save money. Surely broadcasting the same show on two separate channels would be cheaper having to make another show for BBC 1, no?"
    What on Earth makes you think they will "make" another show rather than just repeat some of the pap they currently churn out?

  • rate this

    Comment number 84.

    I'm probably just being really ignorant here, but I don't understand how this is going to save money. Surely broadcasting the same show on two separate channels would be cheaper having to make another show for BBC 1, no?

  • rate this

    Comment number 83.

    Maybe in the BBC's endless attempt to dumb down their shows, they can use the slots to broadcast the likes of Jeremy Kyle.

  • rate this

    Comment number 82.

    It's a shame, as sometimes in hotel rooms for example you don't get CBeebies or CBBC, and it's quite nice having the option of childrens programmes on BBC1 and BBC2 you're away with the children.

  • rate this

    Comment number 81.

    @ 63.keithl
    I think the point that @51 is making (which I agree with) is that if the children's programmes are now clashing with something on BBC1 which the parents want to watch, some parents will simply shift the kids to another room to watch a different TV. Unfortunately not all parents have learned the "no" word.

  • rate this

    Comment number 80.

    This move is simply wrong, and another indication of what is going down the pan at the BBC. One is the flagship channel and must reflect its diversity of programmes and audience - age, colour and creed. However, it continues on its dumbing-down crusade.

    If anything, push the soaps onto their own channel.

  • rate this

    Comment number 79.

    "...Horrible Histories" are an excellent example of a programme which is aimed at kids but can be enjoyed by all."
    And an excellent opportunity for parent-child contextualising, education and discussion. Television can actually be a fantastic educational tool - but the BBC no longer seem to be even remotely interested in that.

    'Nation shall speak pap unto Nation.'

  • rate this

    Comment number 78.

    Passing of an era. But children's TV isn't what it once was, for sure. Last I saw Blue Peter it looked like a cheap Top of the Pops.

    Now let's put football on a football channel, soaps on a soaps channel, I'm-a-wannabe-celebrity-x-factor-on-ice-get-me-out-of-here on another. Pay-per-view, so I have a choice about how I spend my money.

  • rate this

    Comment number 77.

    @bryces (post 51) Well, one way to stop families being pushed apart in the way that you describe is to do as we do in our household - not have TVs in childrens bedrooms. The BBC didn't put those TVs there, so who did.....?

  • rate this

    Comment number 76.

    Sadly there is no escaping Blue Peter as its presenters morph into Blue Peter for Adolescents - The One Show & Blue Peter for Grown-Ups - Country File. (With apologies to Adam).

  • rate this

    Comment number 75.

    No doubt the next news headline will be:

    "meaningful interesting programs ending on BBC1".

  • rate this

    Comment number 74.

    This is very sad. As a child I would often keep watching after Ivor the Engine and start to show an interest in the news. Likewise I would love it when my Dad would join me watching some childrens programmes as he waited for grown-up programming. It was like introducing him to my friends. Presumably a child simply retunes now at the age of 16? What a sad transition.

  • rate this

    Comment number 73.

    Most of BBC One's scheduling is so infantile, how would we know the difference. BBC has degenerated into Radio Four with pictures and that has been in a persistent vegetative state since the 1950s; full of public school chums going on tours, cookery programmes, property programmes for the 1% of viewers with money and quizzes for people who are convulsed with laughter at a misplaced apostrophe!

  • rate this

    Comment number 72.

    66 Hersh
    "Just when everyone was beginning to forgive the Beeb .... "

    What? For not outing Saville sooner? For paying the top bod half a million? Oh yeah, forgiven and forgotten!!!!

    And, yes, that's sarcasm!


Page 4 of 8


More Entertainment & Arts stories



Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.