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BBC Kids
OwnerBBC Studios
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BBC Kids is the international children's brand of BBC Studios (nee BBC Worldwide), and has been applied to a number of TV channels. It draws from the long history of children's programming on the BBC, and is strongly related to the current channels CBBC and CBeebies in the United Kingdom.


Canada and the Caribbean (2001-2018)

In November 2000, Alliance Atlantis was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch BBC Kids in that country, described as "a national English language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to top-quality educational and entertaining programming for children and youth (ages 2-17). It will feature programming primarily from the UK and around the world. 65% of the programming will target children ages 2 to 11, the majority of which will target 6 to 11 years old and 35% will target youth ages 12 to 17."[1]

The channel was launched on November 5, 2001, as a joint venture between Alliance Atlantis and BBC Worldwide.[2][3] The channel primarily aired programs from the UK, but it also included Canadian programs, as required by the CRTC.

After a number of ownership changes, in 2011 under the new control of Knowledge Network, the channel became ad supported. On October 2, 2018, it was announced the channel would cease operations on New Year's Eve 2018.[4] BBC children's content continued to air on Knowledge Network's eponymous channel.

This version of BBC Kids was for a time distributed in Jamaica on Flow Cable systems.[5] It was also available in The Bahamas on Cable Bahamas systems,[6] though had ceased to be so by mid-2012.

Relaunch (2021-current)

In 2019 Disney closed it's Australian children's channels (Disney Channel and Disney Junior), and Australian pay TV operator Foxtel gained exclusive rights to Warner Media's Cartoon Network and Boomerang in 2021. This left the main other Australian carrier of channels to children, Fetch TV, with little to offer. In response it commissioned BBC Worldwide to create a channel for 6 to 10 year olds, dubbed BBC Kids.[7] The channel launched on 24 April 2021.[8] This complemented an existing CBeebies channel available in Australia, catering for children aged 0 to 6. At launch, all the programming of BBC Kids was already airing in the Australian market on ABC Me.

In January 2022, BBC Worldwide added BBC Kids to the Pluto TV platform in the United States, both in English (as "BBC Kids") and in Spanish (as "Ninos por BBC").[9]


  1. ^ "Decision CRTC 2000-493". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. November 24, 2000.
  2. ^ "Dates set for BBC Canada and BBC Kids launches". C21 Media. March 9, 2001.
  3. ^ "BBC Worldwide Annual Review 2001/2 – Highlights" (Press release). BBC. July 17, 2002.
  4. ^ BBC Kids Channel Closes in Canada, Knowledge Media press release, 10-02-18
  5. ^ "Flow Cable channel lineup". Archived from the original on November 9, 2007.
  6. ^ Cable Bahamas channel lineup Archived August 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "BBC Kids and Nick Music to join Fetch". Mumbrella. 2021-03-22. Archived from the original on 2021-03-24. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  8. ^ Perry, Kevin (2021-03-22). "FETCH adds BBC Kids and Nick Music after FOXTEL secures WB channels". TV Blackbox. Archived from the original on 2021-03-24. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  9. ^ Shah, Zeenya. "BBC Studios brings two kids channels to Pluto". Kidscreen.

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