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CBBC (TV channel)

CBBC (TV channel)

CBBC (short for Children's BBC, and sometimes referred to as the CBBC Channel) is a British free-to-air children's television channel operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Launching on 11 February 2002 as a spin-off from the BBC's children's strand of the same name, CBBC broadcasts for fourteen hours per-day from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. CBBC is primarily aimed at viewers 6 to 16 years old; a sister channel, CBeebies, serves a younger audience. CBBC was named Channel of the Year at the Children's BAFTA awards in November 2008 and 2015. The channel averages 300,000 viewers daily.[1]

The channel originally shared bandwidth on the digital terrestrial television platform with BBC Choice,[2] and later BBC Three, needing that CBBC sign off at 7:00 p.m. daily. Beginning on 11 April 2016, following the closure of the linear BBC Three television service, CBBC extended its broadcast day by two hours.[3][4]On 22 August 2008, the BBC announced that the channel would be available live on its website from 16 September.[5] CBBC's reach further expanded with the addition of the channel on the Sky line-up in the Republic of Ireland on 12 May 2011.[6] The British Forces Broadcasting Service have provided younger viewers with CBBC and CBeebies since 1 April 2013 when they replaced BFBS Kids.

Launched11 February 2002 (2002-02-11)
Owned byBBC
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share0.34% (June 2019 (2019-06), BARB [16] )
SloganJust imagine...
CountryUnited Kingdom
ReplacedCBBC on Choice (Originally children's strand on BBC Choice)
Sister channel(s)BBC One
BBC Four
BBC News
BBC Parliament
WebsiteCBBC [17]
FreeviewChannel 201 (SD)
Channel 204 (HD)
FreesatChannel 600 (SD/HD)
Channel 607 (SD)
SkyChannel 613 (SD/HD)
Channel 646 (SD)
Astra 2E (28.2°E)10818 V 22000 5/6
10847 V 23000 2/3 (HD)
TrueVisions (Thailand)Channel 147
Dish Network (USA)Channel 9407
Virgin Media
Channel 701 (HD)
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 608
Telenet (Belgium)Channel 605
Naxoo (Switzerland)Channel 215
UPC SwitzerlandChannel 213 (HD)
Channel 215 (SD)
TrueVisions (Thailand)Channel 141
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 6281
Tata SkyChannel 187 (HD)
Channel 271 (SD)(21:00 – 06:00)
Channel 292 (SD)(06:00 – 21:00)
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 181
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 121
Telenet (Belgium)Channel 605
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 25
now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 178
Unifi (Malaysia)Channel Channel 28
Telfort (Netherlands)Channel 25
XS4ALL (Netherlands)Channel 25
Eir VisionChannel 613
Streaming media
BBC iPlayerWatch live [18] (UK only)
FilmOnWatch live [19]
TVCatchupWatch live [20] (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live [21] (Ireland only)
Horizon GoWatch live [22] (Switzerland only)
Ziggo GOZiggoGO.tv [23] (Netherlands only)


Former logo used from (2007–2016)

Former logo used from (2007–2016)

Along with CBBC, the CBBC channel is operated by the BBC Children's department within the BBC and is part of the BBC North group. BBC Children's was originally based in the East Tower of BBC Television Centre since the department's inception, but moved to MediaCityUK in Salford in September 2011, and the live presentation links used throughout the day are now recorded and broadcast from there. The channel is answerable to the CBBC Channel controller Damian Kavanagh, in post since 2009, and to the director of BBC Children's Joe Godwin, appointed in 2009 and in charge of the whole direction of the channel and its strand counterpart.


The remit of CBBC is to provide a wide range of high quality, distinctive content for 6–12-year olds, including comedy, entertainment, drama, animation, news and factual. The great majority of this content should be produced in the UK. CBBC should provide a stimulating, creative and enjoyable environment that is also safe and trusted. The service should have a particular focus on informal learning, with an emphasis on encouraging participation.— CBBC Remit[7]

The CBBC channel's programming output is very similar to the strand shown on BBC One. The channel often complements this strand with programmes shown earlier than on the terrestrial channels, repeats or whole series shown in a day, alongside other exclusive commissions.

Most viewed programmes

The following is a list of the ten most watched shows on CBBC, based on Live +7 data supplied by BARB.[8]

1The Sarah Jane AdventuresThe Empty Planet (Part 1)1 November 2010993,000
2The Sarah Jane AdventuresLost in Time (Part 1)8 November 2010984,000
3The Sarah Jane AdventuresDeath of the Doctor (Part 2)26 October 2010960,000
4The Sarah Jane AdventuresDeath of the Doctor (Part 1)25 October 2010920,000
5Tracy Beaker ReturnsShadows13 January 2012874,000
6-7Tracy Beaker ReturnsSlow Burn6 January 2012856,000
6-7Tracy Beaker ReturnsBig Brother20 January 2012856,000
8My Sarah JaneA Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen23 April 2011830,000
9Tracy Beaker ReturnsFull Circle8 January 2010828,000
10The Sarah Jane AdventuresGoodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (Part 2)16 November 2010824,000

Class TV

As part of the channel's original remit, the channel originally needed to show 100 hours a year of factual and schools programmes.[9] The service managed this by introducing the Class TV strand to the channel, which would air educational programming for approximately two hours each day in the late morning, with normal programming resuming in the early afternoon. Much of this programming was old BBC Schools programming shown, in some cases, decades before and which was for the most part still relevant. Very little new schools programmes were commissioned. Class TV ended on 20 March 2008, following a change to the channel's remit.


The CBBC channel has had relatively similar presentation to that of its strand counterpart. The logo has consistently remained the same until 2016 as the service; green coloured blobs at the beginning of its life and the green and white logo from September 2007 until today. The logo today is all different colours unlike the last one. The channel has mainly utilised presenters from the main service, with a few presenters appearing mostly on the new channel; Gemma Hunt and Anne Foy being notable examples and appearing consistently until August 2007. At the beginning of September 2007, along with the relaunch, the same presenters of the CBBC channel would also feature on the CBBC on BBC One and Two.

When the channel launched, presentation was located in TC2 at BBC Television Centre, where the channel shared studio facilities with the channel's original magazine show Xchange. This changed in Autumn 2004, when the channel moved to TC9 following the normal CBBC links move to TC10; however this was changed in March 2006 so that all CBBC and CBBC channel links were located in TC9. A further change was to take place on 4 December 2006 when all output moved to a Chroma key set within TC12, and was presented by only one presenter. This short live decision lasted until the 2007 relaunch, which involved a new 'office' set being constructed, initially in TC12 and then in a new studio facility in the East Tower of Television Centre.

In 2011, the CBBC Channel moved to MediaCityUK, and has been presented from there since 5 September. The Office has been through a number of revamps since then, 2 in 2015, the first one being a minor change because of the Go CBBC app, and another one in May which entirely changed some of the structure, adding a post chute and a Up Next screen, and 1 so far in 2016, due to the channel's new look, gaining a smaller desk, an extra Up Next screen, and renaming it 'CBBC HQ'.

Other services

CBBC Extra

As from 2013, CBBC Extra is now also accessed by the CBBC website.[10]

CBBC Extra is a free interactive television service from CBBC provided by the BBC Red Button. It is accessible from the CBBC channel by pressing red and then selecting CBBC Extra from the main menu. It can also be accessed from any other BBC channel by pressing red and going to page number 570. The service differs across digital platforms, for example Sky viewers can access a video loop. Its availability on Freeview is dependent upon BBC Red Button not showing other interactive services, such as major sports events coverage.[11] The service offers numerous features including Newsround, Horoscopes, Chris/Dodge's Blog, viewer content and jokes and other interactive elements.

CBBC Online

The CBBC website provides a wide range of activities for viewers aged 6–15, such as games, videos, puzzles, printable pages, pre-moderated message boards and frequently updated news feeds. It contains pages for the majority of its current programming with various content on each. There are also micro-sites from Newsround and MOTD Kickabout, providing children with news and sport, as well as the CBBC iPlayer to replay CBBC programmes for up to thirty days.


On 16 July 2013, the BBC announced that a high-definition (HD) simulcast of CBBC would be launched by early 2014.[12] The channel launched on 10 December 2013.[13] The channel broadcasts on the BBC's existing HD multiplex on Freeview and shares its stream with BBC Three HD as they air at different times.

Prior to launch, the majority of CBBC's HD output was broadcast on BBC HD before its closure on 26 March 2013. The HD channel was added to the Sky EPG in the Republic of Ireland in 2017.

From 16 July to 5 August 2014, CBBC HD was temporarily removed from Freeview during the 2014 Commonwealth Games to let BBC Three (and BBC Three HD) broadcast 24 hours a day, similar to how BBC Parliament was removed during the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

From 26 March 2018 to 17 April 2018, CBBC HD used downtime mode to let BBC Red Button HD broadcast 21:00-05:30 on Sky and Freeview, After the close, CBBC HD began to use 24 hours again.


In September 2018 as part of a branding strategy, the unbranded 2 hour children's block on BBC Alba was split into CBeebies Alba and CBBC Alba, with the former airing during the first hour and the latter airing during the second hour. This block features its own presentation, presenters and shows all dubbed into Scottish Gaelic.

See also

  • CBBC - The BBC's children's television strand; forms with the television channel of the same name

  • CBeebies - The BBC's children television channel; serves under 6-year-old children and is a sister channel of CBBC

  • BBC Children's idents

  • History of BBC television idents

  • History of BBC


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