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Launched 11 February 2002
Owned by BBC
Picture format 16:9 (SDTV)
Audience share 1.4% (March 2009, BARB)
Replaced CBBC on Choice (Programming strand on BBC Choice)
Sister channel(s) CBBC Channel
Website UK:
International (English):
Asia (English):
Latin America (Spanish)
Poland (Polish):
South Africa:
Freeview Channel 71
Sky Digital Channel 614
Tata Sky (India) Channel 607
Polsat (Poland) Channel 68
SKY Latin America Channel 329
DStv Channel 306
Foxtel (Australia) Channel 705
Austar (Australia) Channel 705
Dish Network USA Channel 848
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 41
Virgin Media Channel 702
UPC Ireland Channel 814
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 29
Telenet (Belgium) Channel 604
Foxtel (Australia) Channel 705
Optus TV (Australia) Channel 705
Cable Mágico (Peru) Channel 418
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 31
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 140
now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 447
TalkTalk TV(UK) Channel 305
Internet television
BBC Online Watch live (UK only)
BBC iPlayer Watch live (UK only)

CBeebies is a television channel produced by the BBC aimed at children 6 years and under.[1] First launched on 11 February 2002,[2] it is broadcast as both a free-to-air domestic British television channel, and as international variants supported by advertising, subscription or both.

The channel has been nominated for, and won, many awards. At the BAFTA Children's Awards it has won awards in every year from 2002-2009 (apart from 2003), including Best Pre-school Live Action Series awards in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008. It has also won Best Schools Programme - 0–5 years awards (or equivalent) from the Royal Television Society from 2004-2007.

Domestic and international variants

The domestic station broadcasts from 06:00 to 19:00 each day on Freeview (where it shares bandwidth with BBC Four, broadcast after 19:00), cable, IPTV and digital satellite. An audio counterpart, CBeebies Radio, broadcasts for 3 hours everyday on BBC 7 from 5:00 to 8:00. The CBBC Channel is its sister channel for older children.[2]

CBeebies offers a mix of education and entertainment programming. The schedule on the channel is the same every weekday, with a different schedule (often with different programmes) at the weekends. Between 14:00 and 17:00 on weekends, all programmes are signed. CBeebies also airs programming on BBC One and BBC Two. Michael Carrington is the current Controller for CBeebies, responsible for commissioning all content across BBC Television, On-line, Interactive TV, and Radio.[3]

In-vision continuity for CBeebies is pre-recorded from Studio 4 of Teddington Studios, a small, widescreen equipped studio[4].

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 in the Republic of Ireland on UPC Ireland, Magnet Networks and other digital television services. The channel is available on the Tata Sky digital satellite platform in addition to India online Broadband Pvt Ltd. The channel launched in Singapore on the mio TV in July 2007 (until June 9, CBeebies transfers to Starhub Cable Vision effective 1 August 2009) , on NOW TV in Hong Kong in October 2007, in Poland on the Cyfrowy Polsat digital satellite platform in December 2007, in Indonesia on Indovision in April 2008 in Mexico on the Sky Latin America digital satellite platform in August 2008, and in Africa on DStv in September 2008. It was launched in Australia on Foxtel and Optus Television on 1 November 2008, and launched on AUSTAR in the third quarter of 2009.


In February 2002, the channel launched a website, featuring links to most of the channel's programming (past and present), with activities (such as games, songs and print-outs) related to the programmes, as well as information for parents about them.[5][6][7]

There are also websites created for CBeebies in Asia, Australia, Poland, South Africa and USA.


NB This section refers to the programming on the UK channel. International programming will vary, and may include programmes which have not appeared on the UK channel.

Current Programming

(Correct as of 1 March 2010, based on information on BBC's Cbeebies website[8][9] and listings in Total TVguide[10])

Past Programming


NB This section refers to the strands used on the UK channel.

Big Fun Time

Big Fun Time, hosted by Sidney Sloane, is broadcast from 15:30 to 18:00. On a weekend, Andy Day co-presents "Big Fun Time" alongside Sloane.

Bedtime Hour

CBeebies's final hour of transmission is given over to Bedtime Hour. The programmes are calm, often involving stories, such as In The Night Garden, 3rd & Bird, 64 Zoo Lane & Charlie & Lola.

The strand begins at 18:00 with a song ("Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon") and concludes with a pre-recorded clip of continuity presenters Alex Winters & Cerrie Burnell singing a lullaby ("The Time Has Come to Say Goodnight"). Following the song, the station closes down for the night.


NB This section primarily refers to the presenters on the UK channel.

Almost all the CBeebies presenters have appeared in children's programmes prior to presenting CBeebies — Pui Fan Lee originally played the Teletubbies character Po, and Sue Monroe voiced and puppeteered Tigs in The Shiny Show. She also operated and voiced Poppy in Playdays and Webster for CBeebies.[11]

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.) Chris Jarvis presented the story show 'Step inside'. Cerrie Burnell is the only presenter with a disability (one arm).

Current presenters

Currently, the continuity presenting team consists of:


Other countries

  • Australia: Tara Colegrave (2008–Present)[13][14]
  • Hong Kong/Singapore: Pui Fan Lee (2008–present)[14][15][16]
  • Latin America: Roser Cabañas (2009–present)[17]
  • Poland: Aneta Bożena Piotrowska (2008–present)[14][15][18]
  • South Africa: Sidney Sloane (2009–present)[14]

Previous presenters


NB This section refers to the songs used on the UK channel.

CBeebies presentation throughout the day is accompanied by songs sung by the presenters.

Regular songs

Daily songs

  • 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). The segmentation was later dispensed with, except for the Bedtime Hour discussed below.
  • 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.[19][20][21]
  • Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon: Broadcast at 18:00 to mark the beginning of the Bedtime Hour.[22]
  • Goodnight: Lullaby broadcast at 19:00 to mark the close of transmission from CBeebies.[21][23]

Segment Songs

Day event song

  • Washing Song[26]
  • Getting Dressed[27]
  • It's time for Lunch: Broadcast at noon, it includes Eva, Chris, Sid and Pui buying fruit and vegetables from market stalls, preparing food such as sandwiches and eating them.[21][28]
  • Bathtime[29]
  • Toothbrush Song[30]

Occasional songs

  • 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'").[21]
  • Number Debut: This song was only ever sung 4 times in history by Sid & Sarah-Jane. It was a rap sung before showings of Numberjacks about Sid getting his numbers in the wrong order.
  • Number Raps: Sung by Sid and Andy - a rap for each of the numbers 1 to 5[31][32][33][34][35]

Seasonal songs


  • Autumn Song (2009 version): A song featuring Alex, Sid, Cerrie, Andy showing them (with children) picking apples.[36]
  • You Know It's Autumn[37]
  • Colours of Autumn: featuring Chris and Pui[38]



  • Summer Song[40]
  • Summer Song (2009 version)[41]


  • Winter Song (2009 version)[42]


  • Christmas Rap Sung by Andy and Sid[43]
  • Happy Christmas: during the Christmas 2006 season, a segment was recorded featuring Chris, Sid, Pui, Justin and Sarah-Jane singing the 'Happy Christmas from CBeebies to you' song.[44][45]


NB This section refers to the awards won by the UK channel.


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to Teletubbies Everywhere[46]
    • Also nominated: The Storymakers[46]
  • Also nominated:
    • Best Interactive Service: Cbeebies Interactive TV Services[46]


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Nominated for:
    • Best Pre-school Live Action Series: Fimbles and Balamory[47]


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to Balamory[48]
    • Also nominated: Fimbles[48]

Other Awards

  • Best Early Years Programme awarded to Something Special — Garden at the Educational Television Awards 2004 by the Royal Television Society[49]
    • Also nominated: The Roly Mo Show[49]


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to Boogie Beebies[50]
  • Also nominated:
    • Best Pre-school Live Action Series: Balamory and Something Special[50]
    • Best Interactive Service: Cbeebies Online[50]

Other Awards

  • Best Schools Programme - 0-5 Years awarded to Razzledazzle — Drip Drop and Kitty at the Educational Television Awards 2005 by the Royal Television Society[51]
    • Also nominated: The Roly Mo Show — Imagine[51]


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to CBeebies AutumnWatch[52]
  • Also nominated:
    • Best Animation: The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas[52]
    • Best Pre-school Animation Series: Postman Pat, Charlie and Lola[52]
    • Best Pre-school Live Action Series: Doodle Do[52]

Other Awards

  • Best Children's Channel: Highly Commended at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2006[54]
  • Best Schools Programme - 0-5 Years awarded to Numberjacks: Nine Lives at the Educational Television Awards 2006 by the Royal Television Society[55]
  • Also nominated:
    • Best Children's Programme: Charlie and Lola: Welcome To Lolaland at the Royal Television Society Educational Programme Awards 2006[56]


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Children's Channel of the Year[57]
  • Best Pre-school Animation Series awarded to Charlie & Lola[57]
  • Best Writer awarded to Bridget Hurst for Charlie & Lola[57]
    • Also nominated: Anna Starkey (Charlie and Lola)[57]
  • Best Children's Live-Action Series awarded to In the Night Garden[57]
    • Also nominated: Cbeebies Autumn Watch[57]
  • Best Animation awarded to The Secret Show[57]
    • Also nominated: Charlie and Lola Christmas Special[57]
  • Also nominated:
    • Best Presenter: Justin Fletcher (Something Special)[57]
    • Best Interactive Site: Cbeebies (website) and In the Night Garden (website)[57]

BAFTA Scotland

  • Best Children's Programme awarded to Nina & the Neurons at the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007[58]

Other Awards

  • Best Schools Programme - 0-5 Years awarded to Numberjacks — Zero The Hero at the Educational Television Awards 2007 by the Royal Television Society[59]
  • Best Music Original Score John Greswell & David Schweitzer for Charlie and Lola at the Craft and Design Awards 2006 - 2007 by the Royal Television Society [60]
  • Best Children's Programme awarded for Charlie & Lola at the Broadcast Awards 2007[61]
  • Also nominated:
    • Best Children's Channel at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards[62]


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Best Animation awarded to Charlie and Lola Autumn Special[63]
  • Best Pre-school Animation Series awarded to Charlie and Lola[63]
  • Best Pre-School Live Action Series awarded to In the Night Garden[63]
    • Also nominated: Space Pirates[63]
  • Best Presenter awarded to Justin Fletcher (Something Special)[63]
  • Also nominated:
    • Best Writer: Dave Ingham (Charlie and Lola)[63]
    • Channel of the Year[63]

BAFTA Scotland

  • Nominated:
    • Best Children's Programme: Nina & the Neurons[64]

Other awards

  • Nominated:
    • Best Children's Channel at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards[65]
    • Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards[65]


BAFTA Children's Awards

  • Also nominated:
    • Channel of the Year[66]
    • Best Pre-School Live Action: Grandpa in my Pocket; In the Night Garden[66]
    • Best Presenter: Andy Day (CBeebies presentation), Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker)[66]

Other Awards

  • Best Design and Innovation awarded to the channel by the Royal Television Society, whose awarding panel said "Its website is an integral part of the brand, with its TV production and online teams working together to create innovative game play and immersive web experiences."[67]
  • Best Children's Programme awarded to Big and Small: Blame it on the Drain at the Royal Television Society's Educational Television Awards for 2009 ("A well constructed programme with great warmth, charm and child appeal.")[68]


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Launched11 February, 2002
Owned byBBC
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audience share1.1%[1] (December 2009)
ReplacedCBBC on Choice (Programming strand on BBC Choice)
Sister channel(s)CBBC Channel
Websitewww.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies www.cbeebies.com
FreeviewChannel 71
Sky DigitalChannel 614
Tata Sky (India)Channel 607
Polsat (Poland)Channel 56
SKY Latin America (Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean)Channel 329
DStvChannel 306
FoxtelChannel 705
AustarChannel 705
Virgin MediaChannel 702
UPC IrelandChannel 609
Indovision (Indonesia)Channel 29
Telenet (Belgium)Channel 604 (From July)
FoxtelChannel 705
Optus TVChannel 705
Cable Mágico (Peru)Channel 418
mio TV (Singapore)Channel 28
now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 447
Tiscali TV(UK)Channel 305
Internet Television
BBC OnlineWatch live (UK only)
BBC iPlayerWatch live (UK only)

CBeebies is a television channel for children who are 6 years old or younger. It began on 11 February 2002 by the BBC. It broadcasts from 06:00 to 19:00 on freeview channel 71. The sister channel is CBBC for older children.


Get Set Go

Get Set Go is the first block of the day. It starts at 06:00 and ends at 09:00. It is presented by Andy Day. On weekends, Sidney Sloane co-presents it with Day.

Discover & Do

Get Set Go is followed by Discover & Do. It is broadcast from 09:00 until 12:00 noon. It is presented by Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee. Discover & Do is repeated at 12:00 til 15:00

Big Fun Time

Discover & Do is followed by Big Fun Time. It begins at 15:00 and finishes at 18:00. It is hosted by Sidney Sloane. On weekends, it is co-presented by Andy Day.

Bedtime hour

Bedtime hour follows Big Fun Time. It is broadcast from 18:00 to 19:00. It includes programmes such as: The Fimbles, Step Inside, The Story Makers and The Roly Mo Show. Also shown is In The Night Garden,Waybuloo and Jackanory.

This section of CBeebies starts with the song called "Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon". At the end of the section, Chris Jarvis sings a lullaby called "The Time Has Come to Say Goodnight". After the song, the station closes down for the night.


Currently presenting CBeebies are:

  • Cerri Burnell
  • Alex Winters
  • Sidney Sloane
  • Liz Victor
  • Andy Day
  • Aneta Piotrowska (Cbeebies Poland)

Previous Presenters

Ex presenters of CBeebies were:

  • Sue Monroe (until March 2006)
  • Nicole Davis (until February 2006)
  • Eva Alexander (February to October 2006)
  • Pui Fan Lee (until January 2009)
  • Chris Jarvis (unitl January 2009)


  • "What's the Day?"
  • "The Birthday Song"
  • "It's Time for Lunch"
  • "Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon"
  • "Goodnight"


  • Children's Channel of the Year awarded at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards (25 November 2007)[2]
  • Best Music Original Score John Greswell & David Schweitzer for Charlie and Lola at the Royal Television Society Awards (29 November 2007)[3]
  • Best Pre-school Animation Series awarded to Charlie & Lola at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards[2]
  • Best Writer awarded to Anna Starkey for Charlie & Lola at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards[2]
  • Best Children's Live-Action Series awarded to In the Night Garden at the 2007 BAFTA Children's Awards[2]
  • Best Children's Programme awarded to Nina & the Neurons at the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007[4]
  • Best Children's Programme awarded for Charlie & Lola at the Broadcast Awards 2007[5]
  • Best TV Series for Children and Adults awarded to Charlie & Lola at the Bradford Animation Festival 2006 [6]
  • CBeebies was Highly Commended in the Best Children's Channel category at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2006[7]
  • Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to CBeebies AutumnWatch at the BAFTA Children's Awards 2006[8]
  • Best Pre-school Live Action Series awarded to Boogie Beebies at the BAFTA Children's Awards 2005[9]


  1. "Monthly Multi-Channel Viewing Summary 1992-2009". Barb.co.uk. http://www.barb.co.uk/report/monthlyViewingSummary/?period%5B%5D=20091201&button_submit=View+Figures. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Fears over children’s TV cast shadow on Baftas". http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article2943218.ece. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  3. "RTS Awards". http://www.rts.org.uk/Information_page_+_3_pic.asp?sec_id=294. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  4. "The Lloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards 2007". http://www.baftascotland.co.uk. 
  5. "Broadcast Awards 2007 : North West Vision". http://www.northwestvision.co.uk/page/broadcast-awards-2007. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  6. "National Media Museum - Welcome". http://www.nmpft.org.uk/baf/2006/home.asp. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  7. "Broadcast Digital Channel Awards 2006". http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/dcawards/default.asp?content=winners06. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  8. "latest winners and nominees". http://www.bafta.org/site/page133.html. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  9. "2005 winners and nominees". http://www.bafta.org/awards/childrens/nominations/?year=2005. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 

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