Alice Webb

BBC’s Webb: ‘fewer but bigger kids commissions’

The head of UK pubcaster 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 […]

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 (US$44 million) earmarked above current budget levels. 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 […]

Moore, Bulford upped in major BBC restructure

Anne Bulford has become the BBC’s first female deputy director general, while channels chief at the UK pubcaster, Charlotte Moore, has been named director of content and sport. The changes were announced to staff internally this morning as part of major restructuring aimed at cutting costs that will reduce top level management from 16 to […]

Brexit could be ‘global opportunity’ for kids TV

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union could hand a “global opportunity” to kids content companies, according to a number of senior executives. The UK children’s television business was thrown into uncertainty by the unexpected Brexit result, which will see the UK leave the EU at an unspecified point in the future. While some […]

BBC says channels safe as Kids iPlayer launches

UK pubcaster the BBC has launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service, while pledging 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, this prompted questions about whether the Cbeebies and CBBC channels were […]

CBBC, Worldwide create toon pilot scheme

UK kids channel CBBC and its commercial cousin BBC Worldwide have launched a pilot scheme designed to identify Britain’s next generation of animators. ANIM8 represents the first time CBBC has created a pilot scheme that will offer successful entrants development funding. CBBC and BBCWW are inviting pitches from individuals, studios and companies for comedy projects […]

BBC to launch dedicated kids iPlayer next year

The BBC will 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” for children […]

BBC kids boss issues license 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 […]

‘Rising star’ named BBC 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 […]