BBC Children’s

BBC restructures kids unit

BBC Children’s has restructured its senior management team, creating and expanding roles in production and commissioning. Sarah Muller (pictured) takes the new role of creative director, scripted animation and coproduction at the CBBC channel. The pubcaster said the new position had been created as live-action and animated drama becomes increasingly important. The channel has had […]

BBC licence deal ‘bad for children’s TV’

The Children’s Media Foundation, a UK advocacy group, says the license fee agreement hammered out between the BBC and the UK government is “a bad deal for the nation’s children”. The BBC this week agreed to foot the £600 million-750 million (US$923 million-US$1.5 billion) cost of providing a free TV license for over-75s in return […]

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 […]

BBC looking for disability programming exec

The BBC is recruiting for a disability executive, who will support efforts to improve programming, commissioning and the portrayal of disabled people across the UK public broadcaster’s services. The exec will champion disabled talent and disability-related production and help the pubcaster reach its stated aim of quadrupling disabled representation on screen by 2017. The creation […]

‘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 […]

Benbow named acting BBC Children’s boss

Kay Benbow has been named acting director of BBC Children’s. The CBeebies controller will take over the duties Joe Godwin left open when he accepted the post of head of BBC Academy, the training arm of the UK pubcaster. She will combine the BBC Children’s duties, in which she will work closely with CBBC controller […]

CBeebies launches Playtime app

UK pubcaster the BBC has launched an app to accompany a range of shows on its preschool channel CBeebies. The CBeebies Playtime app works on Apple and Android devices. It allows parents to create profiles for kids and they can collect rewards for progressing in a range of games themed around key shows on the […]

FremantleMedia and BBC on kids partnership

Earlier this year the BBC and the Kids and Family division of FremantleMedia inked a multi-year deal that will see them co-develop and produce a range of kids series for preschool and older audiences, across live-action and animation. BBC Children’s boss Joe Godwin and FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment’s Bob Higgins tell Stewart Clarke about […]