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BBC Kids

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BBC Kids is a Canadian
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 English language
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

 Category B specialty channel
Specialty channel
A specialty channel can be a commercial broadcasting or non-commercial television channel which consists of television programming focused on a single genre, subject or targeted television market at a specific demographic....

 owned by Knowledge Network Corporation and BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation, formed out of a restructuring of its predecessor BBC Enterprises in 1995. In the year to 31 March 2010 it made a profit of £145m on a turnover of £1.074bn. The company had made a profit of £106m...

. It's a commercial-free channel that airs programming aimed at youth ranging from pre-schoolers to teens.

Original owners, Alliance Atlantis
Alliance Atlantis
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. was a Toronto-based media company that operated primarily as a specialty service operator in Canada. Alliance Atlantis also had offices in Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Shannon and Sydney.Alliance Atlantis was acquired by Canwest...

 (AAC), were granted a broadcast licence for BBC Kids by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in November 2000. The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 under its current name as a joint venture between AAC and BBC Worldwide.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
Goldman Sachs Capital Partners is the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs, focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments globally....

 known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in BBC Kids.

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed once again as Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications is Canada's largest telecommunications company that provides telephone, Canada's fastest Internet and television services as well as broadcasting and soon Wifi. Shaw is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta...

 gained control of BBC Kids as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.

It was revealed through regulatory documents on December 22, 2010 that Shaw Media was in the process of selling the channel to an unknown third party.
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BBC Kids is a Canadian
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 English language
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

 Category B specialty channel
Specialty channel
A specialty channel can be a commercial broadcasting or non-commercial television channel which consists of television programming focused on a single genre, subject or targeted television market at a specific demographic....

 owned by Knowledge Network Corporation and BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation, formed out of a restructuring of its predecessor BBC Enterprises in 1995. In the year to 31 March 2010 it made a profit of £145m on a turnover of £1.074bn. The company had made a profit of £106m...

. It's a commercial-free channel that airs programming aimed at youth ranging from pre-schoolers to teens.

Overview


Original owners, Alliance Atlantis
Alliance Atlantis
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. was a Toronto-based media company that operated primarily as a specialty service operator in Canada. Alliance Atlantis also had offices in Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Shannon and Sydney.Alliance Atlantis was acquired by Canwest...

 (AAC), were granted a broadcast licence for BBC Kids by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in November 2000. The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 under its current name as a joint venture between AAC and BBC Worldwide.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
Goldman Sachs Capital Partners is the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs, focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments globally....

 known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in BBC Kids.

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed once again as Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications is Canada's largest telecommunications company that provides telephone, Canada's fastest Internet and television services as well as broadcasting and soon Wifi. Shaw is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta...

 gained control of BBC Kids as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.

It was revealed through regulatory documents on December 22, 2010 that Shaw Media was in the process of selling the channel to an unknown third party. On January 17, 2011, Knowledge Network Corporation announced it had finalized an agreement to purchase the channel through a subsidiary called Knowledge-West Communications Corporation from Shaw Media, while BBC Worldwide would retain their interest in the service. Plans unveiled in the announcement were to transform BBC Kids into a commercial-free service and relocate its headquarters from Toronto to Burnaby, British Columbia, the headquarters of Knowledge Network Corporation. The transaction required CRTC approval, which was granted on April 29, 2011. The CRTC's decision also imposed a condition of licence on the service requiring it to be distributed on a commercial-free basis, a condition Knowledge Network Corporation asked for. The transaction closed on May 12, 2011.

Programming


Since BBC Kids is licensed as a Canadian channel, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires that it air a quota of Canadian content. Therefore, along with British series, it also airs a number of Canadian series as well. In addition to the British and Canadian programs that form the majority of the schedule, BBC Kids airs programs from other countries such as Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

, the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and more.

Noted series

  • Big Babies
    Big Babies
    Big Babies is a live action cartoon comedy, in which Rocco and Brooks, the babies with grown-up heads, reluctantly leave the telly to go on unpredictable adventures in the world of the everyday...

  • Charlie and Lola
    Charlie and Lola (TV series)
    Charlie and Lola is an animated television series based on the Charlie and Lola books written by Lauren Child. The animation uses a collage style that emulates the style of the original books. Three series were commissioned by and initially broadcast on the BBC between 2005 and 2008...

  • Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions
    Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions
    Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions is a children's TV show, presented by Ed Petrie and his cactus companion, Oucho . Children send in designs of inventions, and each week one of them gets created. Though educational in a way, it is slightly centred towards comedy...

  • Horrible Histories
    Horrible Histories (2009 TV series)
    Horrible Histories is an award-winning British children's television series based on the Terry Deary book series of the same name. The first series was thirteen episodes long, and was broadcast from 16 April to 9 July 2009 on CBBC on BBC One. A second series, of twelve episodes , aired from 31 May...

  • Kerwhizz
    Kerwhizz
    Kerwhizz is a British children's television game show commissioned by Michael Carrington and aired on BBC One. The series uses a mix of CGI and live-action, and is targeted towards four to six-year-olds. Kerwhizz originally ran from 3 November 2008 to 11 May 2009. A new series began on CBeebies on...

  • Little Robots
    Little Robots
    Little Robots is a stop-motion animated children's TV series, produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Create TV and Film Limited and broadcast on CBeebies . The fiction series was based on the eponymous book by Mike Brownlow, published by Ragged Bears Publishing...

  • Nuzzle and Scratch
    Nuzzle and Scratch
    Nuzzle and Scratch is a British children's television programme, shown on CBeebies.It stars two eponymous puppet alpacas created and developed by Barry Quinn and Alan Robinson and written by various writers.-Information:...

  • The Legend of Dick and Dom
    The Legend of Dick and Dom
    The Legend of Dick and Dom is a sitcom that stars Dick and Dom as two budding young princes who are on a quest to find the antidote to a terrible plague that consumed Fyredor because Dick dropped the cure. The all star cast also includes Mannitol , a wizard who is really bad at doing magic, and...

  • The Sarah Jane Adventures
    The Sarah Jane Adventures
    The Sarah Jane Adventures is a British science fiction television series, produced by BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC, created by Russell T Davies and starring Elisabeth Sladen...

  • ZingZillas
    ZingZillas
    ZingZillas is a television programme aimed at young children, broadcast on the BBC pre-school channel CBeebies.-Overview:ZingZillas is a music show aimed at the under sixes....


  • Note: series list is current as of May 2011.

CBeebies



CBeebies is a programming block aimed at preschoolers airing from 9 am EST to 3 pm EST Monday to Friday. It was launched on May 12, 2011 when Knowledge Network Corporation took ownership of the channel.

BBCK


On April 3, 2006, while still under the ownership of Alliance Atlantis and BBC Worldwide, a new programming block called BBCK was unveiled. BBCK was a branding for the evening and late night block of programming beginning at 9 pm EST on BBC Kids which was aimed towards an older audience. They also launched a separate website making it appear as though BBCK was a separate channel similar to the former agreement between Noggin and The N in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. In early 2008 when Canwest and Goldman Sachs purchased Alliance Atlantis, the BBCK website was shut down, however, the block remained until May 12, 2011 when ownership changed hands from Shaw Media to Knowledge Network Corporation.

The Spot


BBC Kids formerly aired a programming block called The Spot, which aired form noon EST to 9 EST Monday to Friday. The Spot focused on programming for children between the stages of prechoolers and teens. The programming block was discontinued on May 12, 2011 when ownership changed hands from Shaw Media to Knowledge Network Corporation.

International distribution

  • Jamaica
    Jamaica
    Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...

     - distributed on Flow Cable systems.
  • Bahamas - distributed on Cable Bahamas systems.

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