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How could the Beeb take Blue Peter off BBC1?

16 May 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It says that kids today don't care and that Cbbc is a better home. But it feels like a desecration of childhood

Forget the reductions in news, arts and music programming announced in the BBC's latest round of cost-saving alterations to the entertainment schedules – there is only one change that really matters. After 60 years on the flagship – or, in lay terms, "proper" – channel, BBC1, Blue Peter is to be moved to Cbbc, the digital channel for children.

The BBC says (I paraphrase slightly) that it makes no odds. Children don't distinguish between main and other channels and almost all have access to digital channels, or will have after the great analogue switchover at the end of the year.

This is, of course, to treat Blue Peter as a mere common-or-Percy-Thrower's-garden programme instead of the beloved national treasure it is. It is the home of a million memories – Shep and John Noakes, »

- Lucy Mangan

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