Why are Newsround and children's shows leaving BBC One?

  • 20 December 2012
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Why is Newsround coming off BBC One?

Newsround is saying goodbye to BBC One on Thursday, after 40 years on the flagship channel.

We'll no longer be doing our 5pm weekday bulletin, but we'll still be bringing you news every day on the CBBC Channel.

Director of BBC Children's Joe Godwin explained: "Most children choose to watch CBBC and CBeebies on the CBBC and CBeebies channels.

"They go to those dedicated children's channels to find their shows."

Image caption Newsround has been broadcast on BBC One for 40 years. The first presenter was John Craven.

More kids watch on the CBBC Channel

When the 'block' of children's programmes was first created, there were only four TV channels.

That's all changed with the arrival of digital channels - and the launch of the CBBC Channel in 2002.

In October, the nationwide switchover to digital TV was completed.

Figures show around 1.8 million kids tune in to the CBBC Channel every week and fewer children are watching CBBC on BBC One.

In fact, five times more kids watch Newsround on the CBBC Channel compared to on BBC One.

There are some worries that the change will mean families won't watch programmes together anymore.

But, as Ricky's been finding out in his report, it's not the complete end of kid-friendly programmes on BBC One and BBC Two.

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The best of Children's BBC over the years

New bulletin times for Newsround in 2013

Newsround will be taking a two-week break from your TV screens over the festive period, starting Saturday 22nd December.

But don't worry, the web team will still be beavering away to bring you the latest news online.

We'll back on the CBBC Channel from Monday 7th January 2013, at these new times:

Monday to Friday

7:40am - 4 minutes

8:15am - 3 minutes

4:25pm - 5 minutes

6:55pm - 5 minutes

Saturday and Sunday (no change)

8:55am - 2 minutes

9:55am - 1 minute

10:55am - 1 minute

11:55am - 5 minutes

1:55pm - 6 minutes