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CBeebies
CBeebies.svg
Launched11 February 2002 (UK)[1]
Owned byBBC
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV) – UK, Poland
4:3 576i (SDTV) – other countries
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share1.4% (October 2014 (2014-10), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersMediaCityUK, Salford
Sister channel(s)BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Three
BBC Four
BBC News
BBC Parliament
CBBC
Websitewww.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview (UK)Channel 121
Channel 124 (HD)
Satellite
Freesat (UK)Channel 601 (SD/HD)
Channel 608 (SD)
Sky (UK)Channel 614 (SD/HD)
Channel 624 (SD/HD)
Sky (Ireland)Channel 614
Astra 1N10773 H 22000 5/6
Astra 2F11023 H 23000 2/3 (HD)
Airtel digital TV (India)Channel 354
n (Poland)Channel 97
Orange TV (Poland)Channel 112
SKY México (Mexico)Channel 329
DStv (South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Mozambique)Channel 306
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 705
Austar (Australia)Channel 705
Dish Network (USA)Channel 848
Indovision (Indonesia)Channel 41
SkyLife (Korean)Channel 652
TrueVisions (Thailand)Channel 43
Eutelsat 10A
(BFBS)
8004
NSS 12
(BFBS)
8104
NSS 806
(BFBS)
8104
Cable
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 702
Channel 711 (HD)
Smallworld Cable (UK)Channel 614
UPC Ireland (Ireland)Channel 609
Comcast (USA)Channel 72
Indovision (Indonesia)Channel 41
Telenet (Belgium)Channel 604
Vectra (Poland)Channel 405
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 705
Optus TV (Australia)Channel 705
Cable Mágico (Peru)Channel 418
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 303
TrueVisions (Thailand)Channel 43
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong)Channel 140
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 119 (Digital)
WightFibre (UK)Channel 18
UPC Netherlands (Netherlands)Channel 53
IPTV
now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 447
UniFi (Malaysia)Channel 553
Streaming media
BBC iPlayerWatch live (UK only)
UPC HorizonWatch live (Ireland only)
Watch live (Switzerland only)
 
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CBeebies
CBeebies.svg
Launched11 February 2002 (UK)[1]
Owned byBBC
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV) – UK, Poland
4:3 576i (SDTV) – other countries
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share1.4% (October 2014 (2014-10), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersMediaCityUK, Salford
Sister channel(s)BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Three
BBC Four
BBC News
BBC Parliament
CBBC
Websitewww.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview (UK)Channel 121
Channel 124 (HD)
Satellite
Freesat (UK)Channel 601 (SD/HD)
Channel 608 (SD)
Sky (UK)Channel 614 (SD/HD)
Channel 624 (SD/HD)
Sky (Ireland)Channel 614
Astra 1N10773 H 22000 5/6
Astra 2F11023 H 23000 2/3 (HD)
Airtel digital TV (India)Channel 354
n (Poland)Channel 97
Orange TV (Poland)Channel 112
SKY México (Mexico)Channel 329
DStv (South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Mozambique)Channel 306
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 705
Austar (Australia)Channel 705
Dish Network (USA)Channel 848
Indovision (Indonesia)Channel 41
SkyLife (Korean)Channel 652
TrueVisions (Thailand)Channel 43
Eutelsat 10A
(BFBS)
8004
NSS 12
(BFBS)
8104
NSS 806
(BFBS)
8104
Cable
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 702
Channel 711 (HD)
Smallworld Cable (UK)Channel 614
UPC Ireland (Ireland)Channel 609
Comcast (USA)Channel 72
Indovision (Indonesia)Channel 41
Telenet (Belgium)Channel 604
Vectra (Poland)Channel 405
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 705
Optus TV (Australia)Channel 705
Cable Mágico (Peru)Channel 418
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 303
TrueVisions (Thailand)Channel 43
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong)Channel 140
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 119 (Digital)
WightFibre (UK)Channel 18
UPC Netherlands (Netherlands)Channel 53
IPTV
now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 447
UniFi (Malaysia)Channel 553
Streaming media
BBC iPlayerWatch live (UK only)
UPC HorizonWatch live (Ireland only)
Watch live (Switzerland only)

CBeebies is the brand used by the BBC for programming aimed at encouraging "learning through play in a consistently safe environment for children aged 6 or under",[2] and providing "high quality, mostly UK-produced programmes".[3]

The name is used to brand the free-to-air domestic British channel, and is used for international variants supported by advertising, subscription or both. The channel was first launched on 11 February 2002.

The channel has won a number of awards. At the BAFTA Children's Awards, it won awards in 2002 and in every year between 2004 and 2009, including "Best Pre-school Live Action Series" in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008. It has also won "Best Schools Programme – 0–6 years" awards (or equivalent) from the Royal Television Society from 2002 to 2005. CBeebies is the most-watched children's channel in the UK. CBeebies HD officially launched on 10 December 2013.

History[edit]

The CBeebies channel was launched, together with CBBC, on 11 February 2002.[4] The domestic CBeebies channel broadcasts from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day – a result of the channel sharing bandwidth with the channel BBC Four on the Freeview platform. The station was joined later on by an audio counterpart, CBeebies Radio, which broadcast for three hours each day on the radio station BBC Radio 7, however since the station was rebranded as BBC Radio 4 Extra this obligation has ceased. Later on they launched a weekly publication called "CBeebies Weekly".

Since 27 March 2013, CBeebies has been carried by the British Forces Broadcasting Service, sharing a channel with BFBS Extra.[5]

The international CBeebies channel is advert-free and wholly owned by BBC Worldwide. The first international launch for the CBeebies channel was in India in May 2007, although the channel was withdrawn at the end of November 2012 due to "commercial considerations".[6]

The channel is available in the Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Poland, Indonesia, Mexico, Africa, Australia, and the United States (in Spanish only). In March 2011, the on demand version of the network was launched in the US and is available on Xfinity.

Management[edit]

In the UK, CBeebies is operated by the BBC Children's division and part of BBC North. The division is also responsible for CBBC and overall strategic responsibility for all of the BBC's domestic services for children rests with the Director of Children's, Joe Godwin (since late 2009). The direction of the domestic CBeebies channel itself rests with Kay Benbow, the current Controller of the channel and responsible for commissioning all CBeebies content across BBC television, online, interactive TV, and radio.[7] She took over from the first controller Michael Carrington in 2010.[8]

Internationally, CBeebies is owned by BBC Worldwide, who operate the brand.

Programming[edit]

CBeebies offers a mix of mostly UK-produced entertainment and educational output designed to encourage learning through play. These goals are realised through a range of programmes about simple science, natural history, music and movement, storytelling, make up and make do, puzzle programmes and animation.[9] The channel's schedule is deliberately the same every weekday, with a different schedule at weekends, so that children can know what is on instinctively. The schedule also includes signed programmes, shown in the UK between 14:00 and 17:00 on weekends.

The international channels also show many programmes broadcast on the UK channel, however some include programmes unique to that service or are available through other networks in the UK (for example, Humf, which airs on Nick Jr. in the UK). Inversely however, shows that air on CBeebies in the UK may air on networks other than CBeebies worldwide (for example, Chuggington airs on Disney Junior Asia instead of CBeebies in the Asian region).

Most viewed programmes[edit]

The following is a list of the ten most watched shows on CBeebies, based on Live +7 data supplied by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.[10]

RankShowEpisodeDateViewers
1NumberjacksWee Three Phone Home6 March 20091,158,000
2The OctonautsA Very Vegimals Christmas17 December 2013806,000
3Justin's HouseAll Wrapped Up15 December 2011800,000
4CBeebies PantomimeAladdin17 December 2010785,000
5CBeebies Christmas PantoJack and the Beanstalk21 December 2012782,000
6Justin's HouseRobert's Inventions16 October 2011744,000
7GigglebizSeries 1, Episode 249 October 2009730,000
8ChuggingtonBreaking Brewster2 February 2010722,000
9The Adventures of Abney & TealFaraway Island1 February 2012717,000
10Justin's HouseHousewarming9 October 2011716,000

Presentation[edit]

The links between programmes on CBeebies are primarily achieved through the use of in-vision continuity, using presenters to interact with the children. In the UK, links are pre-recorded rather than broadcast live, as is the case on sister channel CBBC. They were originally pre recorded from studio TC0 at BBC Television Centre in London, however moved out in 2008 to Teddington Studios, and returned briefly in 2010. From September 2011, the links have been based at the BBC's Northern base at MediaCityUK in Salford, Manchester, following the move of the BBC Children's department there. International variants feature broadcast links produced either in the corresponding country, or from a central base.

Logos and idents[edit]

Main article: CBBC idents

Presenters[edit]

Alex Winters (Cbeebies) Mr Yipadee

Many of the presenters used to have histories as characters on other services or on children's programmes. CBeebies has had 13 presenters.

In the UK, presenters seen on the channel and the stranded service are:

There are also 8 former presenters:

The longest serving member is Sloane who presented the show alongside all 13 other presenters, for just over a decade (11 years).

The international variants feature different personalities per broadcast region. In Australia, Tara Colegrave is the main presenter since 2008,[11][12] while in Hong Kong and Singapore Pui Fan Lee is the main presenter having transferred there from the UK channel in 2008.[12][13][14] The Latin American variant uses Roser Cabañas, present on-screen since 2009,[15] with the Polish channel showcasing Aneta Bożena Piotrowska as main presenter since 2008.[12][13][16] The South African channel utilises Sidney Sloane.[12]


Stranded Segments[edit]

In the UK, the CBeebies channel and terrestrial service use stranded segments throughout the day.

From 2002 to 2006, each weekday was divided into six segments; five of which presented by one of the original five "core presenters" namely Chris, Nicole, Pui, Sid and Sue. Each was given a core theme (for instance Sid's segment included "building and making" programmes such as Bob the Builder, Nicole's included animal programmes and so on). This went on until 6:00p.m., where a segment titled The Bedtime Hour was aired. This segmentation was later dispensed in 2006 when Sue and Nicole left with: only the Bedtime Hour segment was retained.

In March 2007, the segments were revived and modified to denote the time of day and the levels of activity. These segments are:

During the weekend, Big Fun Time airs from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. The Discover and Do segments does not air during the weekends, meaning the channel is themeless from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

When these segments were initially introduced, each segment featured its own presenting team and set, with Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee who left in January 2009 then Alex Winters and Cerrie Burnell presenting Discover and Do in the CBeebies "living room"; Lunch Time in the "kitchen"; Bedtime Hour in the "bedroom"; Sidney Sloane and Andy Day presenting Get, Set, Go! in the "living room" and Big Fun Time in the "garage". However, since moving production to Manchester this is no longer the case, with the exception of Bedtime Hour which is presented from the area nearest the house's bed.

The Bedtime Hour on-screen ident. Previously the channel showed the bugs jumping onto the moon, but this was later cut.

Storytimes[edit]

While the lunchtime story is usually read by one of the regular presenters, the final show of each day, the "Bedtime Story" is read by a guest storyteller, including well known actors, comedians, and past presenters of BBC children's television. Some notable storytellers in this slot have included Simon Pegg, David Hasselhof, Lulu, Damian Lewis, and Floella Benjamin. In an unusual move, James Bolam appeared on "Bedtime Story" in costume and in character as Grandpa from Grandpa in My Pocket, not as himself.

CBeebies HD[edit]

CBeebies HD Logo.

On 16 July 2013, the BBC announced that a high-definition (HD) simulcast of CBeebies would be launched by early 2014.[17] The channel launched on 10 December 2013, though will roll-out nationwide up to June 2014 (as will BBC News HD and BBC Four HD).[18] The channel broadcasts on the BBC's new HD multiplex on Freeview and shares its stream with BBC Four HD as they air at different times. Prior to launch, the majority of CBeebies' HD output was broadcast on BBC HD before its closure on 26 March 2013.


Other ventures[edit]

CBeebies website[edit]

See also: BBC Online

The CBeebies website coincided with the launch of the UK channel in February 2002 and showcases a child friendly site with activities themed to all CBeebies programmes, past and present, with games, songs and print-outs featuring for nearly all shows. The UK version also features links to CBeebies iPlayer, a child friendly version of the BBC iPlayer featuring CBeebies programmes only, to CBeebies radio player and a dedicated micro site containing advice for raising children and toddlers called CBeebies Grown-ups, which was relaunched in 2011.[19][20][21]

The international channels are run by BBC Worldwide, and their websites are operated by the company also. As a result, not all of them are the same and some channels have less extensive websites than other services. CBeebies channels in Asia, Australia, Poland, South Africa and the USA all have their own international variant.

Album releases[edit]

Five CBeebies-branded CDs have been released, 'CBeebies: The Official Album' in 2002, 'My CBeebies Album' in 2006, 'My CBeebies Album (Christmas Edition)' in 2007, 'CBeebies: Song Time' in 2010, and 'CBeebies: The Album' in 2012.

CBeebies Land[edit]

CBeebies Land opened in May 2014. Designed as a retheme of the previous Storybook Land and Old McDonald's Farmyard areas of the Alton Towers Resort theme park. It contains a range of themed rides, attractions as well as live entertainment based around various popular programmes. Containing various indoor and outdoor activities aimed at making an immersive and interactive world for children and young families.

The site based within Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire includes some of the more popular characters from the original channel for guests to meet. Described as a 'fun environment for pre-schoolers to play and learn' by critics.[22]

At the start of the year, the theme park sporadically released information on the characters involved in the development via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Stephen Gould, commercial director at DHX Media who licence In The Night Garden commented, "We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with BBC Worldwide, Merlin Entertainments and Alton Towers Resort on this new venture. In The Night Garden is the ideal draw brand to provide a fun, nurturing, inspiring and immersive environment for CBeebies Land and its visitors."[25]

The fourth reveal on 7 January was that of Nina and the Neurons[26] Based around the popular show which sees Nina, with the help of her animated sense Neurons, explain how and why the world around us works as it does. Nina’s Science Lab will bring together the Neurons to show how they control your five senses. In a hands-on scientific attraction, children will learn how their bodies work and what they do.[27]

Awards[edit]

The UK channel and the programmes it has broadcast have received a number of awards throughout the years. In 2002, the Cbeebies Interactive TV Services was nominated in the Best Interactive Service category and CBeebies Online was nominated in the same category in 2005 at the BAFTA Children's Awards. The channel was awarded Best Children's Channel and Highly Commended at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2006,[28] however only achieved a nomination in 2007[29] and 2008.[30] The channel was also named Children's Channel of the Year at the BAFTA Children's awards in 2007,[31] 2010,[32] 2011 [33] and 2013 [34] and was nominated for Channel of the Year in 2008 and 2009[35]

The CBeebies UK website was nominated Best Interactive Site at the 2007 BAFTA Children's awards,[31] and the brand as a whole also won the Best Design and Innovation award by the Royal Television Society, whose awarding panel said "Its website is an integral part of the brand, with its TV production and online teams working together to create innovative game play and immersive web experiences."[36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ BBC Trust Cbeebies service licence BBC Trust. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Editorial standards" BBC Trust. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  4. ^ Brown, Maggie (11 February 2012). "Happy birthday CBBC and CBeebies". RadioTimes. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  5. ^ BFBS TV IS CHANGING
  6. ^ BBC Pulls Plug on Two India Channels – India Real Time – WSJ
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  8. ^ "Carrington Leaves BBC". by Mark Sweney, guardian.co.uk. 27 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Cbeebies service licence (Nov 2012)
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  13. ^ a b "New Polish host for CBeebies revealed". London, UK: BBC. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
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  33. ^ "2011 Children's Channel of the Year | BAFTA Awards". Awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "2013 Children's Channel of the Year | BAFTA Awards". Awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
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  36. ^ "RTS Craft and Design Award Winners 2009". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 

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