16 Facts About CBBC


CBBC is a British free-to-air public broadcast children's television channel owned and operated by the BBC.

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CBBC was named Channel of the Year at the Children's BAFTA awards in November 2008 and 2012 and 2015.

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CBBC's reach further expanded with the addition of the channel on the Sky line-up in Ireland on 12 May 2011.

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CBBC should provide a stimulating, creative and enjoyable environment that is safe and trusted.

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However, in December 2019, CBBC brought back Class TV with 'Live Lessons' presented by the CBBC presenting team on late weekday mornings.

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CBBC has had a relatively similar presentation to that of its strand counterpart.

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CBBC has mainly utilised presenters from the main service, with a few presenters appearing mostly on the new channel; Gemma Hunt and Anne Foy being notable examples and appearing consistently until August 2007.

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When CBBC launched, presentation was located in TC2 at BBC Television Centre, where the channel shared studio facilities with CBBC's original magazine show Xchange.

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In 2011, CBBC moved to television studios HQ5 and HQ6 at Dock10 studios in MediaCityUK, and has been presented from there since September 2011.

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The audience CBBC was trying to reach did not watch live TV as much as they used to.

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CBBC Extra is a free interactive television service from CBBC provided by the BBC Red Button.

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From 2013 to 2016, CBBC Extra was available on the CBBC website, until the channel was discontinued in May 2016.

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From July to August 2014, CBBC HD was temporarily removed from Freeview during the 2014 Commonwealth Games to let BBC Three and BBC Three HD broadcast 24 hours a day, similar to how BBC Parliament was removed during the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics.

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From March to April 2018, CBBC HD used downtime mode to let BBC Red Button HD broadcast 9pm to 5:30am on Sky and Freeview.

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Since the launch of BBC Scotland, CBBC HD began finishing at 19:00 in Scotland on Freeview, due to the channel timesharing with BBC Scotland HD, which starts at 19:00 CBBC SD continued to finish at 21:00 in Scotland until hours were cut nationwide in January 2022.

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On 11 February 2002, CBBC launched a channel version and introduced a new logo, consisting of a green bug with a C in purple.

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