Alice Webb

BBC plans ‘fewer but bigger kids commissions’

The head of the BBC’s kids department has said her division’s commissioning focus has switched to ordering fewer, but “bigger and better” shows. Alice Webb, controller of BBC Children’s, announced the strategy in the opening keynote session at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield last night. “With so much competition out there, we need to […]

BBC tackles kids SVOD threat with £34m boost

BBC Children’s will receive its largest cash boost “in a generation”, with an extra £34 million (€39 million) earmarked above current budgets. Tony Hall, director general UK pubcaster the BBC, has made it a priority to combat the growing influence of US-based subscription VOD services, and today’s announcement ties into that narrative. The new investment […]

BBC Children’s director adds BBC North duties

The director of BBC Children’s, Alice Webb, is to become the director of BBC North, taking on the role in addition to her existing responsibilities with BBC Children’s. The BBC North job will see Webb oversee the BBC’s corporate activities and drive local partnerships across the region. “I’m passionate about the BBC’s presence in the […]

BBC to launch dedicated Children’s iPlayer next year

The BBC plans to launch a dedicated children’s version of the iPlayer next year and has also unveiled further details of its proposed iPlay kids digital service. Speaking in Salford on Friday, director of BBC Children’s, Alice Webb, said that the new children’s iPlayer service will be a standalone app that provides a “safe environment” […]