CBeebies


CBeebies

Infobox TV channel
name = CBeebies
logofile = CBeebies.svg
logosize = 200px
logoalt = CBeebies logo
launch = 11 February, 2002
picture format = 576i (SDTV)
share = 1.5%
share as of = February 2008
share source = [http://www.barb.co.uk/viewingsummary/monthreports.cfm?report=monthgmulti&requesttimeout=500]
owner = BBC| replaced names = CBBC on Choice (Programming strand on BBC Choice)
sister names = CBBC Channel
web = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/ www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies] [http://www.cbeebies.com/ www.cbeebies.com] |
terr serv 1 = Freeview
terr chan 1 = Channel 71
sat serv 1 = Sky Digital
sat chan 1 = Channel 614
sat serv 2 = Tata Sky (India)
sat chan 2 = Channel 607
sat serv 3 = Polsat (Poland)| sat chan 3 = Channel 56
sat serv 4 = SKY Latin America (Latin America)
sat chan 4 = Channel 329
sat serv 5 = DStv
sat chan 5 = Channel 306
cable serv 1 = Virgin Media
cable chan 1 = Channel 702
cable serv 2 = UPC Ireland
cable chan 2 = Channel 609
cable serv 3 = Indovision (Indonesia)| cable chan 3 = Channel 29
cable serv 4 = Telenet (Belgium)
cable chan 4 = Channel 604 (From July)
online serv 1 = bbc.co.uk
online chan 1 = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/cbeebieslive.shtml/ Watch online] (UK only)| adsl serv 1 = mio TV (Singapore)
adsl chan 1 = Channel 28
adsl serv 2 = now TV (Hong Kong)
adsl chan 2 = Channel 447
adsl serv 3 = Tiscali TV(UK)
adsl chan 3 = Channel 305

CBeebies is a British television channel produced by the BBC and aimed at children 4 years and under. Launched on 11 February 2002 it broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Freeview (where it shares bandwidth with BBC Four, broadcast after 7 p.m.), cable, IPTV and digital satellite. An audio counterpart, CBeebies Radio, broadcasts for 3 hours everyday on BBC 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The CBBC Channel is its sister channel for older children. [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/children/|title=BBC - Children - Children|accessdate=2007-04-15]

CBeebies offers a mix of education and entertainment programming. The schedule on CBeebies is the same every weekday, with a different schedule (often with different programmes) at the weekends. Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends, all programmes are signed. CBeebies also has programmes on BBC One and BBC Two and are known as CBeebies on BBC One and CBeebies on BBC Two. Michael Carrington is the current Controller for CBeebies, responsible for commissioning all content across BBC Television, On-line, Interactive TV, and Radio. [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/biographies/biogs/cbbc/michael_carrington.shtml|title=BBC - Press Office - Michael Carrington|accessdate=2007-04-15] .

The continuity for CBeebies is broadcast from Studio 4 of Teddington Studios, a small, widescreen equipped studio [ [http://www.pinewoodgroup.com/gen/z_sys_infoFacility.aspx?intFacilityId=85&intFacilityTypeId=11&Folder=3 Pinewood Studios - Studio 4 Teddington Studios - TV Studios] ] . It is understood that CBeebies will be able to make use of Teddington's facilities for half the rate charged to it by BBC Resources for studios at Television Centre - saving the channel around £500,000 per year.

The international CBeebies channel is commercial-free and wholly-owned by BBC Worldwide. The first international launch for the CBeebies channel was in India in May 2007. The channel is available on the TataSky digital satellite platform in addition to India online Broadband Pvt Ltd. The channel launched in Singapore on the mio TV in July 2007, on NOW TV in Hong Kong in October 2007, in Poland on the Cyfrowy Polsat digital satellite platform in December 2007, in Indonesia on Indovision in April 2008 in Mexico on the Sky Latin America digital satellite platform in August 2008, and in Africa on DStv in September 2008. It will launch in Australia on FOXTEL on November 1, 2008.

Programming

Strands

Get Set Go

CBeebies' first block of the day is "Get Set Go", presented by Andy Day, and broadcasts between 6am and 9am. On a weekend, Sidney Sloane co-presents Get Set Go alongside Day.

Discover & Do

"Get Set Go" is followed by "Discover & Do", presented by Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee. Broadcast between 9am and 12pm, the strand is repeated between 12pm and 3pm.

Big Fun Time

"Big Fun Time", hosted by Sidney Sloane, is broadcast from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On a weekend, Andy Day co-presents "Big Fun Time" alongside Sloane.

Bedtime Hour

CBeebies's final hour of transmission is given over to "Bedtime Hour". The programmes are calm, often involving stories, such as 64 Zoo Lane, The Fimbles, Step Inside, The Story Makers and The Roly Mo Show. In March 2007, a new series, In the Night Garden, debuted in the strand.

The closing programme of the day features a celebrity reading a bedtime story, in the tradition of Jackanory. Recent celebrities have included most of the cast of the drama series Life on Mars.

The strand begins at 6pm with a song ("Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon") and concludes with a pre-recorded clip of continuity presenter Chris Jarvis singing a lullaby ("The Time Has Come to Say Goodnight"). Following the song, the station closes down for the night.

Presenters

Currently, the continuity presenting team consists of:
* Pui Fan Lee [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/characterpages/presenters/ Presenters page on CBeebies website] ]
* Chris Jarvis
* Sidney Sloane
* Andy Day
* Aneta Piotrowska (Cbeebies Poland) [http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBeebies] ]

Relief presenters

"Tikkabilla" and "Something Special" presenter Justin Fletcher also occasionally provides links. Sarah Jane Honeywell also makes occasional appearances, as does former staff presenter Sue Monroe (Cbeebies Springwatch) [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA6MDIAzacQ The Christmas Song on youtube.com] ]

Previous presenters

*Sue Monroe (until March 2006) [cite web|url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1217334/|title=Sue Monroe|accessdate=2007-04-15]
*Nicole Davis (until February 2006) [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies//characterpages/presenters/nicole.shtml|title=BBC - CBeebies - Presenters|accessdate=2007-04-15]
*Eva Alexander (February to October 2006)

Almost all the CBeebies presenters have appeared in children's programmes prior to presenting CBeebies — Pui Fan Lee originally played the Teletubbies character "Po", and Sue Monroe voiced and puppeteered"Tigs" in The Shiny Show. She also operated and voiced Poppy in Playdays and Webster for CBeebies. [cite web|url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1217334/|title=Sue Monroe|accessdate=2007-04-15]

Prior to 2006, links between programmes on weekend mornings were presented out-of-vision and featured a pair of animated characters called Bear And Butterfly (voiced by Chris Jarvis, Pui Fan Lee and Sue Monroe.)

ongs

CBeebies presentation throughout the day is accompanied by songs sung by the presenters.

Regular songs

*"What's the Day?": Originally each weekday was divided into five segments, each presented by one of the original five "core presenters" namely Chris, Nicole, Pui, Sid and Sue. The start of each segment was accompanied by the "What's the Day?" song. Each segment was themed (for instance Sid's segment included "building and making" programmes such as "Bob the Builder", Nicole's included animal programmes and so on). Latterly the segmentation was dispensed with, except for the Bedtime Hour discussed below.Fact|date=February 2007
*"The Birthday Song": sung before presenters show cards sent in on behalf of their young viewers who are celebrating a birthday that day. CBeebies does not use "Happy Birthday to You" which despite wide public performance is purportedly a copyrighted work. [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/birthdays/tvcards.shtml|title=BBC - CBeebies - Birthdays|accessdate=2007-04-15] [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/birthdays/|title=BBC - CBeebies - Birthdays|accessdate=2007-04-15] [http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/tracks/B000KGGHC4 Amazon listing for "My CBeebies" soundtrack CD] featuring "Sid Says", "The Birthday Song", "The Lunchtime Song" and "The Goodnight Song"]
*"It's time for Lunch": Broadcast at 12 noon includes Eva, Chris, Sid and Pui buying fruit and vegetables from market stalls, preparing food such as sandwiches and eating them.
*"Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon": Broadcast at 6 p.m. to mark the beginning of the Bedtime Hour.
*"Goodnight": Lullaby broadcast at 7pm to mark the close of transmission from CBeebies.

Occasional songs

*"Sid Says": a rap-style presentation by Sid, who tells the audience to perform simple actions (such as "Sid says, Sid says, Sid says, Sid says, Sid says 'wave your hands'").
*"Number Debut": This song was only ever sung 4 times in history by Sid & Sarah-Jane. It was a rap sung before showings of Numberjacks about Sid getting his numbers in the wrong order.

easonal songs

*"Happy Christmas": during the Christmas 2006 season, a segment was recorded featuring Chris, Sid, Pui, Justin and Sarah-Jane singing the 'Happy Christmas from CBeebies to you' song.

Awards

*Children's Channel of the Year awarded at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards (25 November 2007)cite web|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article2943218.ece|title=Fears over children’s TV cast shadow on Baftas|accessdate=2007-11-26]

*Best Music Original Score John Greswell & David Schweitzer for "Charlie and Lola" at the Royal Television Society Awards (29 November 2007) [cite web|url=http://www.rts.org.uk/Information_page_+_3_pic.asp?sec_id=294|title=RTS Awards|accessdate=2007-11-26]

*Best Pre-school Animation Series awarded to "Charlie & Lola" at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards

*Best Writer awarded to Anna Starkey for "Charlie & Lola" at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards

*Best Children's Live-Action Series awarded to "In the Night Garden" at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards

*Best Children's Programme awarded to "Nina & the Neurons" at the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007 [cite web|url=http://www.baftascotland.co.uk|title=The Lloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007]

*Best Children's Programme awarded for "Charlie & Lola" at the Broadcast Awards 2007 [cite web|url=http://www.northwestvision.co.uk/page/broadcast-awards-2007|title=Broadcast Awards 2007 : North West Vision|accessdate=2007-04-15]

*Best TV Series for Children and Adults awarded to "Charlie & Lola" at the Bradford Animation Festival 2006 [cite web|url=http://www.nmpft.org.uk/baf/2006/home.asp|title=National Media Museum - Welcome|accessdate=2007-04-15]

*"CBeebies" was Highly Commended in the Best Children's Channel category at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2006 [cite web |url=http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/dcawards/default.asp?content=winners06|title=Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2006|accessdate=2007-07-16]

*Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to "CBeebies AutumnWatch" at the BAFTA Children's Awards 2006 [cite web|url=http://www.bafta.org/site/page133.html|title=latest winners and nominees|accessdate=2007-04-15]

*Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to "Boogie Beebies" at the BAFTA Children's Awards 2005 [cite web|url=http://www.bafta.org/awards/childrens/nominations/?year=2005|title=2005 winners and nominees|accessdate=2008-02-03]

References

External links

*bbc.co.uk|id=cbeebies|title=CBeebies
* [http://www.cbeebiesmagazine.com CBeebies Magazine]
* [http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/cbeebies_to_move.html CBeebies to move] (Broadcast)
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/nov/09/bbc.television?gusrc=rss&feed=media CBeebies to quit BBC TV Centre] (The Guardian)


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