Children's programming comes to an end on BBC One


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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 23.

    Darn. Now I'll have to tune into CBBC to get my Horrible Histories fix. I'm 24.

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    Comment number 14.

    A lot of adults won't be able to 'accidentally' catch their favourite kids' show now.

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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 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.

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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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