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CBBC (TV channel)

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Logo used since 15 March 2023.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom and other services worldwide
NetworkBBC One (until 2012)
BBC Two (until 2013 and then later revived in 2017)
HeadquartersCBBC HQ, MediaCityUK, Salford, England, UK
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsBBC One
BBC Three
BBC Four
BBC News
BBC Parliament
BBC Scotland
BBC Alba
Launched9 September 1985; 38 years ago (1985-09-09) (block)
5 November 2001; 22 years ago (2001-11-05) (Canada; as BBC Kids)
11 February 2002; 22 years ago (2002-02-11) (channel)
Closed31 December 2018; 5 years ago (2018-12-31) (Canada; as BBC Kids)
WebsiteCBBC (UK only)
FreeviewChannel 201 (SD)
Channel 204 (HD)
Streaming media
BBC iPlayerWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (Ireland only)
UPC TVWatch live (Switzerland only)

CBBC (Children's BBC) is the name of a television channel that often shows children's programmes. The programmes are meant for children that are now between 7 and 14 years old in 2023. The "Children's BBC" name began on 9 September 1985. Before then there were BBC children's programmes, but they were not branded under one name. The name "CBBC" was used informally since 1990, and became the official name in 1997.

CBBC programmes are shown on BBC One, BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. CBBC has a sister brand, CBeebies, for children under 6. The CBBC brands for BBC One and BBC Two are "CBBC One" and "CBBC Two".

CBBC is run by the BBC Children's department, who make the programmes for children up to the age of 16. Most of their offices are in the East Tower of the BBC Television Centre, with some programmes coming from Scotland and Bristol. CBBC produces a whole range of programme types, including drama, news, entertainment and educational programmes.

Since February 2006, the Controller of the BBC Children's department has been Richard Deverell. The department splits output into age groups:

  • CBeebies for ages up to 6
  • CBBC brand for ages 6 to 12
  • BBC Switch for ages 12 to 16

Anne Gilchrist is Creative Director of CBBC, and Michael Carrington is Creative Director of CBeebies.

Presentation[change | change source]

Monday 3 September 2007 saw the fifth CBBC relaunch.[1][2] As part of the relaunch, new logos, idents, interactive services, programmes and presenters were introduced. The previous computer generated backgrounds used from December 2006 were replaced by a real set.

Ed Petrie became the chief continuity presenter, accompanied by a puppet sidekick Oucho T. Cactus (operated and voiced by Warrick Brownlow-Pike). They regularly present live, weekday afternoon links on the CBBC channel with Petrie voicing pre-recorded, out-of-vision announcements during for weekdays on BBC One. On 29 August 2008, they went on extended leave to record a new series for CBBC - they returned to continuity duties on 1 December 2008. During this period, relief presenter Holly Walsh presented weekday afternoon links for the channel with Dunceton the Talking Brain.

Anne Foy presented pre-recorded in-vision links at the weekend alongside her dog, Elliot, until her departure in March 2008. Foy was replaced by two new presenters, Ben Hanson and Ciaran Joyce, who previously appeared in CBBC show The Story of Tracy Beaker. They have since been replaced by comedy double act Dan and Jeff.

The idents were replaced with new ones in 2014, but the logo stayed the same.

On Monday 14 March 2016, CBBC got a whole new look, which saw a new logo, plus new idents and presentation.

CBBC HD[change | change source]

CBBC HD was launched on 10 December 2013 alongside the sister channels CBeebies HD, BBC Four HD, BBC Three HD and BBC News HD.

Other services[change | change source]

CBBC extra[change | change source]

CBBC extra is a free interactive television service from CBBC. It is found on the BBCi pages. It is accessible from the CBBC Channel by pressing the red button and then selecting "CBBC extra". It can also be accessed from any other BBCi page by pressing 570.

The service is different on different digital platforms, for example Sky viewers can access the video loop. But it is only available on Freeview when BBCi is not showing other interactive services, like sports events.[3]

CBBC extra offers games, the UK Top 40 music, jokes sent in by viewers, "Nev's Horoscopes", and a weekly competition. The current presenter of CBBC extra is Ed Petrie.

It has been discontinued since CBBC last changed its logo.

CBBC Quiz[change | change source]

This new feature allows the viewers to play a quiz. There are 15 levels, each containing 5 up to 10 questions. Viewers can also send in their questions which could be shown on the service. The CBBC Quiz can be from the CBBC extra page, by selecting the option called "CBBC Quiz". This option is also available on the main interactive menu on the CBBC Channel, by pressing the red button.

Website[change | change source]

The CBBC website has a wide range of activities, such as games, puzzles, message boards and frequently updated news and more stuff. The website is found here at bbc.co.uk.

CBBC +1 HD on Comedy Central Extra[change | change source]

CBBC+1 HD on Comedy Central Extra is a Free-to-Air Television Channel, but Then CBeebies Channel

Likes is From Comedy Central +1 Channel last From CBeebies HD on Comedy Central +1 Links launched: 2 August and Closed: 5 July 2017 like Comedy Central Extra +1 repair This channel Due from FTL - BBC+1 on 5 July 2017 at 5:17:18pm, and the Channel was Closed like BBC Broadcast now.

Adventure Rock[change | change source]

Adventure Rock (renamed from CBBC World) is a virtual online world that launched on 1 March 2008. Press releases have stated "it would allow digitally literate children the access to characters and resources they had come to expect. Users would be able to build an online presence, known as an avatar, then create and share content."

The main points of the system are safety and responsibility online, with no chatrooms or the financial aspects available in other online worlds such as Second Life.

Controller of Children's BBC Richard Deverell said: "Adventure Rock is a good example of the way we need to go. The thing that interests me is that children are at the vanguard. And that is where we are taking Children's BBC."[4]and still fun.

References[change | change source]

  1. "CBBC Autumn 2007". BBC. Retrieved 2007-08-14.
  2. "BBC announces rebrand and hours extension for CBBC". The TV Room Plus. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  3. "CBBC- CBBC extra". CBBC. 2007-05-21. Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  4. "BBC plans online children's world". BBC. 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-05-21.

Other websites[change | change source]