LittleBe
LittleBe 2018.png
Logo used since 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
NetworkITVBe
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i HDTV
Ownership
OwnerITV Digital Channels Ltd
(ITV plc)
History
Launched3 September 2018; 4 years ago (2018-09-03)
ReplacedMini CITV

LittleBe (stylized as little Be) is a British children's preschool television programming block broadcast by ITVBe. The block was launched on 3 September 2018.[1] The block airs at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on weekends and weekdays. This block is aimed at 2–6-year-olds.

History

On 4 July 2018, the block was announced at the Children's Media Conference.[1] tentatively without a name. It was eventually named LittleBe and launched on 3 September 2018.

The block is similar to the Mini CITV block that CITV used to broadcast before the network removed all preschool shows from the channel.

On 30 August it was announced that Sooty would move to the block from its original broadcaster, CITV.[2]

Development

Jason Ford from ITV Creative made coordination with Bubble to create visual effects and animation for the block's promos and brand. Greg Claridge and James Taylor are the composers of the block's music and sound effects.[3]

Jason Ford had stated for the development:

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Greg, James and the team. From the offset, they completely understood the unique feel I wanted to achieve to complement the stripped-back animation style for littleBe.”

— Jason Ford ITV Creative, Creative Director Brand & Design

Programmes

Programmes on the block are aimed toward a preschool audience and range from acquisitions such as Pingu in the City,[4] and original series such as Sooty.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "ITV set to reintroduce pre-school block". TBI Vision. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Sooty and Sweep are making a comeback!". Yours. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  3. ^ "ITV Creative • littleBe". Bubble. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ "New Pingu series arrives in overseas markets". 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ "ITV revives the Sooty Show".