BBC Children’s

BBC works on voice-activated kids content

The BBC’s Research and Development arm has been working on prototype projects with BBC Children’s that make use of voice user interfaces. Revealing details of the collaboration in a company blog post, BBC R&D said it had created two software prototypes – one that runs on Amazon’s Alexa platform and one on Apple’s iOS. “The […]

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 names Children’s chief

The COO of BBC England, Alice Webb, has been named as Joe Godwin’s replacement as director of BBC Children’s. She will take on the post in February, following Godwin’s move to take over at the BBC’s training division, BBC Academy. CBeebies controller Kay Benbow has been overseeing BBC Children’s, which comprises the CBeebies and CBBC […]