Children’s TV


Hearst takes majority stake in kids TV producer

New York-based media group Hearst is to buy a majority stake in children’s TV producer and distributor Litton Entertainment. The transaction is expected to close on February 1 following an agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, was struck between Hearst Television and Litton. Hearst has a range of media assets, including an ownership stake […]

Amazon adds raft of kids series to streaming service

Amazon has acquired a slew of kids series for its streaming service in the UK including preschool hit Peppa Pig. Amazon has invested in several original kids shows for its Prime Instant Video services and the acquired content will sit alongside. It has picked up new episodes of Peppa Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, Yo […]

New kids channel for Freeview

UK free-to-air platform Freeview has added a new children’s channel to its line-up for the first time in eight years. CSC Media Group-owned Pop, a channel aimed at kids aged 4-9, launched on the platform yesterday, taking Freeview EPG slot 75. Pop offers shows such as Littlest Pet Shop, Sally Bollywood and My Little Pony. […]

Live TV dominates kids TV viewing

New research suggests that almost 90% of UK kids TV viewing is of live programming. The Telescope 2014 report was conducted by TV Licensing, the body that oversees and enforces payment of the UK TV licence fee. The scope of the report is limited to the UK. Given the penetration of connected devices in the […]

Children’s network KidsCo set to close

The shareholders of international kids channel KidsCo are closing down the joint venture following NBCUniversal’s move this week to buy all of preschool network Sprout. The decision has been made to stop broadcasting the channel due to the “challenging” nature of the crowded kids TV channels business and problems “growing” the net. “As a result, […]