Infobox TV channel
name = CBeebies
logofile = CBeebies.svg
logosize = 200px
logoalt = CBeebies logo
11 February, 2002
picture format =
share = 1.5%
share as of = February 2008
share source = [http://www.barb.co.uk/viewingsummary/monthreports.cfm?report=monthgmulti&requesttimeout=500]
BBC| replaced names = CBBC on Choice (Programming strand on BBC Choice)
sister names =
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 =
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 =
sat chan 5 = Channel 306
cable serv 1 =
cable chan 1 = Channel 702
cable serv 2 =
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 =
online chan 1 = [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/cbeebieslive.shtml/ Watch online] (UK only)| adsl serv 1 =
adsl chan 1 = Channel 28
adsl serv 2 =
now TV(Hong Kong)
adsl chan 2 = Channel 447
adsl serv 3 =
adsl chan 3 = Channel 305
CBeebies is a British television channel produced by the
BBCand aimed at children 4 years and under. Launched on 11 February 2002it broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Freeview (where it shares bandwidth with BBC Four, broadcast after 7 p.m.), cable, IPTVand digital satellite. An audio counterpart, CBeebies Radio, broadcasts for 3 hours everyday on BBC 7from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The CBBC Channelis 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
Controllerfor 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 TataSkydigital satellite platform in addition to India online Broadband Pvt Ltd. The channel launched in Singapore on the mio TVin July 2007, on NOW TVin Hong Kong in October 2007, in Poland on the Cyfrowy Polsatdigital satellite platform in December 2007, in Indonesia on Indovisionin April 2008 in Mexicoon the Sky Latin Americadigital satellite platform in August 2008, and in Africaon DStvin September 2008. It will launch in Australia on FOXTEL on November 1, 2008.
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 Jarvisand 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.
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 Makersand 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.
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
Aneta Piotrowska(Cbeebies Poland) [http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBeebies] ]
Tikkabilla" and "Something Special" presenter Justin Fletcheralso occasionally provides links. Sarah Jane Honeywellalso 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] ]
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
Teletubbiescharacter "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.)
CBeebies presentation throughout the day is accompanied by songs sung by the presenters.
*"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.
*"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
Numberjacksabout Sid getting his numbers in the wrong order.
*Children's Channel of the Year awarded at the 2007
BAFTAChildren'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 SocietyAwards (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 Children's Programme awarded to "Nina & the Neurons" at the
BAFTA ScotlandAwards 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]
* [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] (
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