BBC Kids
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Programming
Language(s)English
Ownership
OwnerBBC Studios

BBC Kids is the international children's brand of BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide), and has been applied to a number of TV channels. It draws from the long history of children's programming on the BBC, and is strongly related to the current channels CBBC and CBeebies in the United Kingdom.

History

Canada and the Caribbean (2001-2018)

Main article: BBC Kids (Canadian TV channel)

In November 2000, Alliance Atlantis was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch BBC Kids in that country, described as "a national English language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to top-quality educational and entertaining programming for children and youth (ages 2-17). It will feature programming primarily from the UK and around the world. 65% of the programming will target children ages 2 to 11, the majority of which will target 6 to 11 years old and 35% will target youth ages 12 to 17."[1]

The channel was launched on November 5, 2001, as a joint venture between Alliance Atlantis and BBC Worldwide.[2][3] The channel primarily aired programs from the UK, but it also included Canadian programs, as required by the CRTC.

After a number of ownership changes, in 2011 under the new control of Knowledge Network, the channel became commercial-free. On October 2, 2018, it was announced the channel would cease operations on New Year's Eve 2018.[4] BBC children's content continued to air on Knowledge Network's eponymous channel.

This version of BBC Kids was for a time distributed in Jamaica on Flow Cable systems.[5] It was also available in The Bahamas on Cable Bahamas systems,[6] though had ceased to be so by mid-2012.

Relaunch (2021-present)

Main article: BBC Kids (Australian TV channel)

On 30 April 2020, Disney closed its Australian children's channels (Disney Channel and Disney Junior), and Australian pay TV operator Foxtel gained exclusive rights to Warner Media's Cartoon Network and Boomerang in 2021. This left the main other Australian carrier of channels to children, Fetch TV, with little to offer. In response it commissioned BBC Studios to create a channel for 6 to 10 year olds, dubbed BBC Kids. (unrelated to the Canadian channel of the same name)[7] The channel launched on 24 April 2021.[8] This complemented an existing CBeebies channel available in Australia, catering for children aged 0 to 6. At launch, all the programming of BBC Kids was already airing in the Australian market on ABC Me.

On January 11, 2022, BBC Studios added BBC Kids as an additional channel to the Pluto TV platform in the United States, both in English (as "BBC Kids") and in Spanish (as "Niños por BBC").[9]

Taiwan Mobile myVideo has become the first streaming platform in Asia to launch BBC Kids as an Video on Demand channel, which was launch on July 1, 2022. The channel has include titles that has been previously aired on Cbeebies Asia awhile to bring along other titles that was tailored for Kids audiences, such as Spy in the Wild and Deadly 60.[10]

International channels

Current channels

Release date Country
April 24, 2021  Australia
January 12, 2022  United States
July 1, 2022  Taiwan

Defunct channels

Active date Country
November 5, 20012012  Bahamas
 Jamaica
November 5, 2001December 31, 2018  Canada

References

  1. ^ "Decision CRTC 2000-493". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 24 November 2000.
  2. ^ "Dates set for BBC Canada and BBC Kids launches". C21 Media. 9 March 2001.
  3. ^ "BBC Worldwide Annual Review 2001/2 – Highlights" (Press release). BBC. 17 July 2002.
  4. ^ BBC Kids Channel Closes in Canada, Knowledge Media press release, 10-02-18
  5. ^ "Flow Cable channel lineup". Flowjamaica.com. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007.
  6. ^ Cable Bahamas channel lineup Archived August 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "BBC Kids and Nick Music to join Fetch". Mumbrella. 22 March 2021. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  8. ^ Perry, Kevin (22 March 2021). "FETCH adds BBC Kids and Nick Music after FOXTEL secures WB channels". TV Blackbox. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  9. ^ Shah, Zeenya. "BBC Studios brings two kids channels to Pluto". Kidscreen.
  10. ^ "BBC Studios旗下兒童品牌BBC Kids搶進亞洲 7/1上線MyVideo 超人氣作品《阿奇幼幼園》《莎拉與乖乖鴨》《動物秘密一籮筐》陪孩子過暑假". Taiwan Mobile myVideo (in Chinese). 30 June 2022. Retrieved 4 July 2022.