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BBC Kids
BBC Kids logo.svg
BBC Kids logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by CW Media (80% & managing partner)
BBC Worldwide (20%)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website BBC Kids
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 558
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary

BBC Kids is a Canadian English language category 2 digital cable specialty channel owned by CW Media (a division of Canwest and GS Capital Partners) and BBC Worldwide. Its programming is aimed at youth ranging from pre-schoolers to teens.

While the BBC's children's brand is CBBC, presumably using that name in Canada would cause confusion with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Programming

Since BBC Kids is licensed as a Canadian channel, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires that it air a quota of Canadian content. Therefore, along with British series, it also airs a number of Canadian series as well. In addition to the British and Canadian programs that form the majority of the schedule, BBC Kids airs programs from other countries such as Australia, the United States and more.

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Noted series

Noted films

BBCK

BBCK logo (2006-2008)

On April 3, 2006, the original owners of BBC Kids, Alliance Atlantis, unveiled BBCK, a new branding for the evening and late night block of programming beginning at 9 pm EST on BBC Kids which was aimed towards an older audience. They also launched a separate website making it appear as though BBCK was a separate channel similar to the former agreement between Noggin/The N in the United States. In early 2008 when Canwest purchased Alliance Atlantis, BBCK was shut down and the evening block of programming no longer features separate branding.

History

Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in November 2000 to Alliance Atlantis, the channel was launched on September 7, 2001 under its current name.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and GS Capital Partners bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in BBC Kids.

International distribution

  • Jamaica - distributed on Flow Cable systems. [1]
  • Bahamas - distributed on Cable Bahamas systems. [2]

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