ABC Kids (Australia)

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ABC Kids
ABC Kids
Launched 2 May 2011
Network ABC Television
Owned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format PAL (576i) 16:9
Audience share In Metropolitan areas: 1.3% (November 2009, )
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Nationally
Formerly called ABC For Kids on 2 (2009–2011)
ABC4Kids (2011–2015)
Sister channel(s) ABC
ABC News 24
Website Official site
ABN Sydney (DVB-T) 546/674 @ LCN 22 (226.5 MHz)
ABV Melbourne (DVB-T) 562 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABQ Brisbane (DVB-T) 578 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABS Adelaide (DVB-T) 594 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T) 738 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABT Hobart (DVB-T) 626 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)
ABD Darwin (DVB-T) 642 @ 30 (543.5 MHz)
Freeview ABC (virtual) 22
Foxtel/Austar (virtual) 134
VAST (virtual) 22
Foxtel/Austar/Optus (virtual) 126
TransACT (virtual) 22

ABC Kids is the name of Australian Broadcasting Corporation part-time channel, broadcasting shows for children aged 2–6 between the hours of 5am and 7pm in each local Australian market. Outside of those hours the frequency is known as the ABC2 channel and it supplements the flagship ABC channel with extra adult-oriented programming.

Launched on 2 May 2011 as ABC4Kids, it is the responsibility of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television division, and is available nationally to digital television viewers in Australia. It broadcast from 6am to 7pm each day sharing the same bandwidth with ABC2 (broadcast after 7pm).


In 2009, two daily blocks of children's programming were launched as ABC for Kids, running from 8:00am to 11:00am and 2:55pm to 4:00pm on ABC TV. From 4 December 2009 (the day that ABC3 was launched to target 7 to 14-year olds), a new preschool children's block, ABC For Kids on 2 was launched on ABC2, featuring children's programming everyday until 7pm. Some ABC2 programmes had to be cancelled or relocated to other channels, such as Rage.

The block was extended to run as a new part-time daily channel sharing the same bandwidth of ABC2 between 6am and 7pm and was rebranded as ABC 4 Kids on 2 May 2011.[1]

On 2 March 2015, the name of the channel reverted to ABC Kids, which was the original branding of pre-school/teen programming on the ABC, years prior to ABC3's launch in late 2009. Upon the re-launch of the ABC Kids brand, a new logo was unveiled. The programming timetable of the channel never had a revamp.


The ABC Kids programming schedule comprises blocks of shows, interspersed with short Giggle and Hoot segments. Episodes from the same series often play at multiple times per day.

Current programming[2][edit]

Note: Australian shows

Bold indicates Giggle & Hoot time slot.

Note: Saturday & Sunday
Time Show Country of origin
5:00am "The Numtums"  United Kingdom
5:05am "Louie"  France
5:15am "Iconicles"  United Kingdom
5:40am "Rastamouse"  United Kingdom
5:50am "Humf"  United Kingdom
6:00am "Play School"  Australia
6:25am "Bananas in Pyjamas" (older version)  Australia
6:00am "Franklin and Friends"  Canada
6:20am "Sarah & Duck"  United Kingdom
6:30am "Thomas & Friends"  United Kingdom
6:45am "Tinga Tinga Tales"  Kenya
6:55am "hoopla doopla!"  Australia
7:05am "Pocoyo"  Spain
7:20am "Bob The Builder - Project: Build It!"  United Kingdom
7:30am "The Furchester Hotel" (NEW)  United Kingdom
7:45am "Mike the Knight"  United Kingdom
7:55am "Peppa Pig"  United Kingdom
8:00am "Peter Rabbit"  United Kingdom
8:15am "Peg + Cat"  United States
8:30am "The Hive"  United Kingdom
8:45am "Ready, Steady, Wiggle!"  Australia
9:00am "Sesame Street"  United States
9:30am "Play School"  Australia
9:55am "Emma!"  Australia
10:00am "Bananas in Pyjamas" (CGI)  Australia
10:10am "Bing"  United Kingdom
10:20am "Guess How Much I Love You"  United Kingdom
10:35am "Raa Raa the Noisy Lion"  United Kingdom
10:45am "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood"  United States
11:00am "Lily's Driftwood Bay"  United Kingdom
11:10am "Baby Jake"  United Kingdom
11:20am Jim Henson's "Pajanimals"  United States
11:35am "In the Night Garden"  United Kingdom
12:00pm "Sesame Street"  United States
12:30pm "Play School"  Australia
12:30pm "Arthur"  United States
12:45pm "Maya the Bee"  Germany
1:00pm "The Koala Brothers"  Australia
1:15pm "Lah-Lah's Adventures"  Australia
1:30pm "Little Princess"  United Kingdom
1:40pm "Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps"  United Kingdom
1:55pm "The Numtums"  United Kingdom
2:00pm "The Adventures of Abney & Teal"  United Kingdom
2:10pm "Ha Ha Hairies"  United Kingdom
2:25pm "Q Pootle 5"  United Kingdom
2:40pm "Fireman Sam"  United Kingdom
2:55pm "Dinosaur Train" (double episode)  United States
3:15pm "This is Scarlett and Isaiah"  Canada
3:30pm "Play School"  Australia
3:55pm "Emma!"  Australia
4:00pm "Bananas in Pyjamas" (CGI)  Australia
4:15pm "Pingu"   Switzerland
4:20pm "Mister Maker Around the World"  United Kingdom
4:45pm "Chuggington"  United Kingdom
5:00pm "Bookaboo"  United Kingdom
5:10pm "Grandpa in My Pocket"  United Kingdom
5:25pm "Peppa Pig"  United Kingdom
5:30pm "Olivia"  United States
5:45pm "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"  United Kingdom
6:00pm "Peter Rabbit"  United Kingdom
6:15pm "Curious George"  United States
6:35pm "The Octonauts"  United Kingdom
6:50pm "Shaun the Sheep"  United Kingdom

Past shows[edit]


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