Children's TV in HD kept on by BBC until Christmas

A report in the BBC's internal magazine Ariel has confirmed that the BBC will not abolish strands of children's programming from BBC One or BBC Two until after Christmas.

The BBC announced its plans to move children's programming to CBBC and CBeebies as part of its Delivering Quality First (DQF) cost-cutting exercise earlier this year, in a bid to reduce repeat fees. Rather than simulcasting the CBBC channel to avoid repeat fees, BBC One will schedule additional daytime shows. BBC Two will air "factual repeats"

The move was initially expected to take place to co-incide with completion of the digital switchover next month, when all households would be able to access the children's channels.

In conjunction with the move to turn the BBC HD channel into BBC Two HD, this means that children's programmes will no longer air in HD, despite numerous shows being made in HD. Ironically, international viewers watching BBC children's shows imported by other broadcasters could be the first to see the programme in HD, rather than licence fee payers in the country of origin.
Share on Google Plus


Post a Comment

IMPORTANT: This post is open for comments for a limited period (usually 14 days) following its upload date. You can comment with a Google Account (e.g. for G+, Gmail, YouTube, Google Play)
Comment not appearing? Comments may be subject to moderation and as such may not immediately appear on the site - comments will wait in the moderation queue until they are processed. Check back later. (Comments submitted anonymously may fail the spam filters.)

Please note: Some types of comments may be removed at the discretion of a516digital. With freedom of speech comes responsibility: Keep it clean, civil and on-topic! See the "About this website" section (link at the foot of the page) for full terms and conditions about what is and what isn't acceptable on this site.