The Weakest Link moves to BBC One as part of a new look for Daytime on
BBC One and Two
As part of a new look being introduced to BBC Vision's Daytime line up
next month, The Weakest Link is to move full time to BBC One,
Roly Keating, Acting Controller, BBC One and Controller, BBC Two, has announced.
Over the coming weeks BBC Two will be launching a number of new
programmes in the afternoon and early evening schedule including Recipe
For Success, in which presenter Simon Rimmer gives couples the chance
to live out their dream and run a restaurant, and Britain's Dream
Homes in which Melissa Porter and Rhodri Owen search the length and breadth of
Britain to find their choice of Britain's property market.
BBC One will continue to broadcast 130-minutes of uninterrupted world
class CBBC and CBeebies programmes every weekday afternoon.
Presenter Anne Robinson, whose feisty personality is at the heart of
The Weakest Link and whose witty put downs strike fear into the hearts
of contestants, will continue to present the programme.
BBC Two has been home to the enduringly popular show since its debut in
2000, although BBC One viewers have enjoyed special editions of the
programme such as a Champions edition of the programme as well as
editions with celebrities playing for charity.
Roly Keating said: "The Weakest Link's transfer to the bigger arena of
BBC One testifies to the enduring originality of the format.
always sad to
say goodbye to a much loved show but it also presents an exciting
opportunity for BBC Two to develop new ideas.
"I've no doubt that Anne
and the team will thrive in their new home on BBC One."
Presenter Anne Robinson said: "I'm told that BBC One is ready to take
us on full time. I hope they know what they're letting themselves in
Jon Beazley, Controller, Vision Entertainment Studio, said: "This is a
ringing endorsement of the power and popularity of The Weakest Link.
This is also great recognition for Anne and one of the hardest working
teams in the business."
The Weakest Link, a BBC Vision production, is in its ninth series and
is one of the most successful formats ever developed by the BBC.
now licensed in 42 counties across the globe from Azerbaijan to the
Notes to Editors
Children's programmes on BBC One will include Lazytown, Blue
Peter and Newsround as well as drama favourites such as M.I. High and new
factual shows including Evacuation Manor House in which children
discover what life was like for wartime evacuees.
Both the CBBC and CBeebies digital channels continue to grow in
reach and share.
CBBC reaches more 6-12 year olds than its competitor channels
in multichannel homes between 7.00am and 7.00pm.
In an average week CBBC reaches 36% of 6-12 year olds.
CBeebies (the BBC's digital channel for pre-school children)
has also increased its reach year on year to 48% (up from 43%).