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Blue Peter and other children's shows to be ditched from BBC1

16 May 2012 7:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Kids' programming to move to Cbbc and CBeebies as shows struggle against TV aimed at adults

Blue Peter is to be dropped from BBC1 as part of wide-ranging shakeup that will see all the BBC's children's programmes moved from its flagship channel after more than 60 years.

The corporation will move all children's programming to digital channels Cbbc and CBeebies, as part of wide-ranging plans to cut hundreds of millions of pounds from its budget by 2017 and rejig its output for the post-analogue broadcasting era.

Blue Peter is currently presented by Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood, and airs on BBC1 on Friday afternoons, as well as Cbbc. Last Friday, Blue Peter attracted 300,000 viewers and a 3% audience share, and struggles to win viewers who tune into programming aimed at adults.

On Wednesday, the BBC Trust gave the green light to director general Mark Thompson's Delivering Quality First proposals, including the children's programming switch. »

- Mark Sweney

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