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CBBC Channel
Launched 11 February 2002
Owned by BBC
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Audience share 0.5% (March 2009, BARB)
Replaced CBBC on Choice (CBBC Programming strand on BBC Choice and will relaunch in 2010 as a channel and will known as CBBC Choice)
Sister channel(s) CBeebies
Freeview Channel 70
Sky Digital Channel 613
Freesat Channel 600
Virgin Media Channel 701
UPC Ireland Channel 612
Telenet (Belgium) Channel 605
Naxoo (Switzerland) Channel 215
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 52
TalkTalk TV Channel 306
Internet television
BBC Online Watch live (UK only)
TVCatchup Watch live(UK only)
BBC iPlayer Watch live (UK only)

The CBBC Channel is a BBC television service aimed at 6 to 12 year olds. It complements the CBBC programming that continues to air on BBC One and BBC Two. Launched on 11 February 2002, it broadcasts from 07:00 to 19:00 on Freeview, cable, IPTV and digital satellite, occupying the same bandwidth as, but a different channel position from BBC Three. CBeebies is its sister service for younger children.

The channel was named Channel of the Year at the Children's BAFTA awards in November 2008.[1]



The channel launched on 9 September 1985 on BBC One as a block. Later on, in 2002, it launched as a separate channel on all of the major platforms. It shared a channel with BBC Knowledge on the ITV Digital platform.[2] With the advent of Freeview, the channel was given its own number.

From its separate channel launch in 2002 until 2005, presentation for the CBBC Channel shared studio facilities with the channel's magazine show Xchange in studio TC2, before moving to studio TC9 adjoining the Blue Peter garden at BBC Television Centre. From Monday 4 December 2006, all CBBC Presentation output on BBC One, BBC Two and the CBBC Channel was produced from studio TC12. There was also a change in format, from two continuity presenters to just one, and several of the presenters, including Simon Grant, Matt Edmondson and Angelica Bell left as CBBC studio presenters without being replaced. Until the end of August 2007, Gemma Hunt and Anne Foy presented CBBC's separate channel continuity. Barney Harwood and Jake Humphrey made occasional appearances when not busy with other presenting commitments.

In 2007, the BBC had confirmed plans for a major rebrand of CBBC. New channel idents and presentation were launched on 3 September 2007. From that date onwards, Ed Petrie became CBBC's chief continuity presenter, accompanied by a talking cactus called Oucho (performed by Warrick Brownlow-Pike). A second regular presenter, Iain Stirling joined in May 2009.

Ben Hanson and Ciaran Joyce (who appeared as Bouncer and Lol in CBBC series Tracy Beaker) previously presented at weekends until December 2008, when they were replaced by Daniel Clarkson & Jeff Turner. Ross Lee, Ted Robbins, Barney Harwood, Sam Nixon, Mark Rhodes and Holly Walsh have also appeared as guest and relief presenters.

A further move, from TC12 to a new studio facility in the East Tower of Television Centre, took place during March 2008. It is still unknown if the channel is to extend its hours until 21:00 each evening.[3]

On 25 August 2008, the BBC Press Office announced that the CBBC Channel would be available live on the CBBC website from 16 September.[4]

On 2 March 2010, BBC News announced as part of the BBC's review in strategy that CBBC will be extending its hours to 9:00pm at some point in the near future.


The channel carries many programmes shown on terrestrial services on BBC One and BBC Two, but also broadcasts other programmes unique to itself.

Interactive services


CBBC extra

CBBC extra is a free interactive television service from CBBC provided by BBC Red Button. It is accessible from the CBBC Channel by pressing red and then selecting CBBC extra. It can also be accessed from any other BBC channel by pressing red and going to page number 570. The service differs across digital platforms, for example Sky Digital viewers can access a video loop. Its availability on Freeview is dependent upon BBC Red Button not showing other interactive services, such as major sports events coverage.[5] CBBC extra offers 'Nev's Horoscopes', 'Ask Aaron' (an agony uncle which can also be accessed on CBBC's Yourlife website), games, jokes sent in by viewers, a weekly competition and an occasional preview of future programming.

CBBC Extra's presenting part is mainly from selected children who watch CBBC, they are the people who report, but if an additional voiceover is required, Ed Petrie will step in.


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