BBC Kids

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BBC Kids
BBC Kids logo.svg
BBC Kids logo
Launched November 5, 2001
Owned by
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan As Original as Kids Are
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Burnaby, British Columbia
Sister channel(s) Knowledge Network
Website BBC Kids
Bell TV Channel 558
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant TV Channel 255
MTS Channel 252
Optik TV Channel 631
SaskTel Channel 94

BBC Kids is a Canadian English-language Category B specialty channel owned by the Government of British Columbia as a crown corporation under Knowledge Network and BBC Worldwide, the latter being a commercial division of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It is a commercial-free channel that airs programming aimed at youth ranging from preschoolers to teens.


In November 2000, Alliance Atlantis (AAC) was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch BBC Kids, 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 AAC and BBC Worldwide.[2][3]

The channel primarily aired programs from the UK, from which the vast majority were sourced from the BBC and its affiliated channels; however, throughout its history under the ownership of AAC and its subsequent incarnations under Canwest and Shaw, select programs were sourced from other countries and other British broadcasters such as Tots TV, Mr Bean: The Animated Series, and The Sleepover Club. In addition to British programs, the channel also broadcast Canadian programs, as required by the CRTC.

On January 18, 2008,[4] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media,[5] acquired control of BBC Kids through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[6]

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed once again as Shaw Communications gained control of BBC Kids as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[7]

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.[8] On January 17, 2011, the Government of British Columbia's 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 its interest in the service.[9] 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.[10] 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, and ownership was transferred on May 13, 2011.[11]


BBC Kids broadcasts educational and entertainment programs from the BBC and Canadian series aimed at children ranging from preschoolers to teens in the form of live-action and animated programs.


The following shows are currently being aired.[12]




Programming blocks[edit]



Main article: CBeebies
CBeebies logo.

"CBeebies" is a programming block aimed at preschoolers airing from 9:00 a.m. EST to 3:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday. It was launched on May 13, 2011 when Knowledge Network Corporation took ownership of the channel[citation needed].



BBCK logo.

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 9:00 p.m. 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 Nick Jr. and The N in the United States. 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[citation needed].

The Spot[edit]

Until May 12, 2012, BBC Kids aired a programming block called "The Spot", which aired from 12;00 p.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday and 6:00 a.m. EST to 2:00 p.m. EST Saturday and Sunday. The Spot focused on programming for children between the stages of preschoolers and teens. The programming block was discontinued when ownership changed hands from Shaw Media to Knowledge Network Corporation[citation needed].

International distribution[edit]


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