BBC Knowledge

BBC Knowledge

Infobox TV channel
name = BBC Knowledge
logofile = Bbcknowledgelogo1999.jpg
logosize = 250px
logoalt = The channel's final ident, "Zone Rings"
launch = 1 June 1999
closed date = 2 March 2002
owner = BBC
replaced by names = BBC Four and CBeebies| availability note = At time of closure
terr serv 1 = DTT
terr chan 1 = Channel 13
sat serv 1 = Sky Digital
sat chan 1 = Channel 553
cable serv 1 = NTL
cable chan 1 = Channel 12 (number later reassigned to BBC Four and CBeebies)
cable serv 2 = Telewest
cable chan 2 = Channel 245

BBC Knowledge was an early BBC digital television channel, available by cable, satellite, or terrestrial digital broadcasting, providing a strong programme of documentary, cultural and educational television. It was launched on 1 June 1999 [ [ BBC launches digital learning channel] BBC News, 30 May 1999] broadcasting 6 hours of educational material a day.

On 17 November 2001, the channel began broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the same time, BBC Knowledge moved from the SDN multiplex to the BBC multiplex on the DTT service.

The channel's original schedule style was initially a 'bright and breezy' approach to education, aimed at both adults and children. After poor ratings, the format was replaced by a new schedule where content was arranged into 'zones' depending on topics [ [ BBC Knowledge 1999-2002] TV & Radio Bits] [ [ BBC Knowledge Launch Schedule] TV & Radio Bits] . The new zones made BBC Knowledge more of a serious documentary channel. Programming included a GCSE survival guide based upon the popular BBC series "Bitesize", entitled "Bitesize Etc" and the technology series The Kit.

The channel closed on 2 March 2002. At that time, BBC Knowledge was a 24 hour broadcasting channel, and it was replaced with 2 channels, CBeebies from 6:00am - 7:00pm and BBC Four from 7:00pm - 4:00am.


External links

* [ BBC Knowledge at TV Ark]

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