Benbow exiting in BBC Children’s shake-up

Kay Benbow is the leaving the children’s division of UK pubcaster the BBC as part of a major shake-up that makes Cheryl Taylor its content chief. The key change sees CBeebies chief Benbow leaving the Corporation at the end of the year, with current CBBC chief Cheryl Taylor becoming head of content. CBBC production chief […]

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 calls for iPlayer prominence on TV platforms

The BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms. In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC […]

Netflix orders trio of originals

Streaming service Netflix has ordered a pair of tween-skewed scripted series, on of which comes from CBBC, a Bill Nye talk show and a second season of summer hit Stranger Things. The tween series are an untitled Horse Mystery project and one based on Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch novels, both of which are billed as featuring “tenacious […]

BBC says channels safe as Kids iPlayer launches

The BBC has launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service and pledged to keep its linear channels in place. The BBC iPlayer Kids app was launched today and after the transition of BBC Three from a linear to online service, prompted questions about whether the Cbeebies and CBBC channels were on the same […]

Commercial broadcasters call for BBC reforms

The Commercial Broadcasters Association has called for new rules to force the BBC to make a better case for new services it plans to launch. COBA is the industry group for the UK’s commercial broadcasters and said that the onus should be on UK pubcaster the BBC to ‘convincingly and demonstrably’ prove new services provide […]

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” […]

BBC plays down immediate BBC Four closure threat

The BBC’s director of strategy has said the corporation does not have plans to close BBC Four, despite the arts network being touted as one of a number of services that could be cut to save money. Speaking on BBC Radio4’s World at One show yesterday, James Purnell said “we’re not ruling anything in or […]

BBC to launch kids iPlayer service, iPlay

UK public service broadcaster the BBC, is to launch a standalone children’s version of popular on-demand service BBC iPlayer. The new service, iPlay, will create a “single front-door” for children to access BBC programming and related digital content. This will allow kids to access content “that matures with them, across more platforms, in a safe […]

BBC kids boss issues licence fee rallying call

The new head of the children’s services at the BBC has called upon the wider industry to rally behind the UK pubcaster in the run up to Charter Renewal. Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s, also said that her division will look at making content for older kids now that fellow PSB Channel 4 has […]