- CBBC Channel
Infobox TV channel
name = CBBC Channel
logofile = CBBCLogo2007.svg
logosize = 200px
logoalt = CBBC Logo
launch = 11 February 2002
picture format =
576i 16:9( SDTV)
share = 0.5%
share as of = May 2008
share source = [http://www.barb.co.uk/viewingsummary/monthreports.cfm?report=monthgmulti&requesttimeout=500]
replaced names = CBBC on Choice (CBBC Programming strand on
sister names =
web = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc]
terr serv 1 = Freeview
terr chan 1 = Channel 70
sat serv 1 = Sky Digital
sat chan 1 = Channel 613
sat serv 2 =
sat chan 2 = Channel 600
cable serv 1 =
cable chan 1 = Channel 701
cable serv 2 =
cable chan 2 = Channel 612
cable serv 3 = Telenet (Belgium)
cable chan 3 = Channel 605
cable serv 5 =
cable chan 5 = Channel 52
online serv 1 =
online chan 1 = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/cbbclive/ Watch online] (UK only)
adsl serv 1 =
adsl chan 1 = Channel 306
The CBBC Channel is a
BBC televisionservice aimed at 6 to 12 year olds. It complements the CBBCprogramming that continues to air on BBC Oneand BBC Two. Launched on 11 February 2002 it broadcasts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Freeview, cable, IPTVand digital satellite, occupying the same bandwidth as, but a different channel position from BBC Three. CBeebiesis its sister service for younger children.
The channel, along with CBeebies, launched on 11 February 2002. It launched on all of the major platforms. It broadcasts between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. It shared a channel with
BBC Knowledgeon the ITV Digitalplatform. [cite news|publisher = Digital Spy|accessdate = 2007-07-18|date=2002-02-11|url=http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/a6198/new-childrens-channels-from-bbc--launch.html
title =New children's channels from BBC launch] With the advent of Freeview, the channel was given its own number.
From its launch in 2002 until 2005, presentation for the CBBC Channel shared studio facilities with the channel's magazine show "Xchange" in studio TC2, before moving to studio TC9 adjoining the "
Blue Peter" garden at BBC Television Centre. From Monday 4 December 2006, all CBBC Presentation output on BBC One, BBC Two and the CBBC Channel was produced from studio TC12. There was also a change in format, from two continuity presenters to just one, and several of the presenters, including Simon Grant, Matt Edmondsonand Angelica Bellleft as CBBC studio presenters without being replaced.
Until the end of August 2007,
Gemma Huntand Anne Foypresented CBBC continuity. Barney Harwoodand Jake Humphreymade occasional appearances when not busy with other presenting commitments.
In 2007, the BBC had confirmed plans for a major rebrand of CBBC. New channel idents and presentation were launched on 3 September 2007. As of this date, the main CBBC presenter is now
Ed Petrie. Accompanied by a talking cactuscalled Oucho, he presents on the CBBC Channel and CBBC's coverage on BBC One every weekday afternoon and BBC Two every morning. Ben Hanson and Ciaran Joyce (who appeared as Bouncer and Lol in CBBC series "Tracy Beaker") present at the weekends. Ross Lee, Ted Robbins, Barney Harwood and Nev the bear, have also made occasional appearances.
A further move, from TC12 to a new studio facility in the East Tower of Television Centre, took place during March 2008. It is still unknown if the channel is to extend its hours until 9 p.m. each evening. [cite news|publisher = The TV Room Plus|accessdate = 2007-07-18|date=2007-07-18|url=http://tvpresnews.thetvroomplus.com/?month=07&year=2007#141
title =BBC announces rebrand and hours extension for CBBC]
On 25th August BBC Press Office announced CBBC Channel would be available live on the CBBC website from 16th September. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2008/08_august/22/simulcast.shtml]
The channel carries many programmes shown on terrestrial services on BBC One and BBC Two, but also broadcasts other programmes unique to itself.
CBBC extra is a free interactive television service from
CBBCprovided by BBC Red Button. It is accessible from the CBBC Channel by pressing red and then selecting CBBC extra. 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 Digital viewers can access a video loop. Its availability on Freeview is dependent upon BBC Red Buttonnot showing other interactive services, such as major sports events coverage. [cite news|publisher = CBBC|accessdate = 2007-05-21|date=2007-05-21|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/content/articles/2005/11/09/otherservices_cbbcextra_feature.shtml
title =CBBC- CBBC extra] CBBC extra offers 'Nev's Horoscopes', 'Ask Aaron' (an agony uncle which can also be accessed on CBBC's Yourlife website), games, jokes sent in by viewers, a weekly competition and an occasional preview of future programming.
CBBC Extra's presenting part is mainly from selected children who watch CBBC, they are the people who report. But if needed either
Ed Petrieor Holly Walsh will step in to voiceover.
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