Children's BBC initially launched as a strand on BBC1 in 1985, and for nearly 30 years was used as the brand for several hour blocks of Children's shows on both BBC One and Two. With the advent of the digital era, CBBC and CBeebies channels both launched as additional standalone channels in 2002, coinciding with a relaunch of the CBBC strands on BBC One and BBC Two at the time. The new channels originally broadcast from 7am and 6am until 7pm, sharing the space on Digital with BBC Choice/Three and BBC Four. In the case of CBBC, hours were extended further in 2016 to 9pm with the closure of BBC Three. CBeebies is targeted at under fives, with its collection of programmes such as The Tweenies and Bill and Ben, whilst CBBC caters for the rest of the child/teenage audience. Both are promoted for their lack of commercial advertisements, with them being licence-fee funded.

There are some practices carried out on these channels which the BBC would be much more reluctant to use on adult channels. Any archive 4:3 programmes have the top and bottom hacked off making it 14:9 to pretend they're widescreen programmes. For this reason all the clips on this page are in 14:9 letterbox. Animated graphics over the programming is also a frequent occurrence, although still considerably less than their commercial rivals.


CBBC on Two (Intro) - 2004

From before children's programming was removed from the main terrestrials, some opening titles to CBBC as aired during breakfast BBC Two in 2004. Still featuring the green bugs in some form at this point inkeeping with the dedicated channels which had launched in 2002.

CBBC Channel

CBBC (Credits) - 2002

Rumoured at the time to be pretty much the basis for the BBC's entire argument of cropping 4:3 programmes - so that the programme's credits can be shrunk down to a blob in the corner, which wouldnt allow clean ratio-switching. This file shows an example of the credits from Sheeep.

CBBC (Credits Love) 2002

A special heart-shaped blob for the credits of The Animals of Farthing Wood this time, used for some sort of love-weekend.

CBBC (Promo) - 2002

A promo for Summer on the CBBC Channel. This was shown on BBC1 and BBC2 as well as on the CBBC channel itself.

CBBC (Advert) - 2002

A programme advert for CBBC, with one of those green bugs again. The problem with the CBBC channel adverts is they only seemed to produce a stock of about 3 a fortnight, which are then repeated ad nausea!!

CBBC (Bug Banner) - 2002

And here the green blob turns up in the middle of a programme, along with advertising for CBBC's text-messaging stuff. Rumour has it the channel was also here to occasionally show TV Programmes!

CBBC - Christmas 2008

No longer in the bugs look now for the main CBBC channel. For Christmas 2008, the surreal singing animations of the CBBC Channel are given a festive facelift, with pirates fishing for puddings, and giant bubbles. Amazing what you can do with computers!

CBBC - Christmas 2008

Golf playing and dancing foxes, all with added santa hats!

CBBC (Promo) - Christmas 2008

CBBC Promotions over the festive period for 2008 didn't change much from the regular channel style, save for the addition of some snow being thrown at it. Just like their big BBC One brother then!

CBBC (Promo) - Christmas 2009

The trailer style for CBBC was also very similar to their 2008 package... only updated (rather badly) to include the floating BBC cubes element, shared across all the channels for Christmas 2009.

CBBC - Christmas 2009

Festive presentation on the CBBC Channel for 2009 also followed a similar style to that of 2008, with a mashup of christmas pictures making up the CBBC letters, before finishing with the same jingle of that time. This particular ident was marked as being the creation of a viewer.


CBeebies (Bugs) - 2002

CBeebies also had the bugs (or blobs to be accurate) only this time they're yellow. This short piece is used to cut to the studio shots. There were 3 different versions at launch - one for each of the bugs!

CBeebies (Advert) - 2002

A CBeebies advert, with the yellow bugs. Whatever you do, dont look at this if you're one of those people with an insane fear of the Tellytubbies!

CBeebies (Kerwizz) - Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008 on CBeebies. Not much by way of idents though the Yellow Bugs had been given some festive treatment. However this short sequence, featuring the characters from Kerwizz (so I'm told from the CBeebies website) was dotted between some promos and before programmes.

CBeebies (Promo) - Christmas 2008

The accompanying festive trailer style for CBeebies from Christmas 2008. Although by this time the green blobs on the main channel had been retired, the yellow blobs lived on. Anyone got any Crunchies?

CBeebies - Christmas 2009

Christmas 2009 on CBeebies and the presentation was similar to 2008, with the yellow bugs getting an added touch of sparkle.

CBeebies (Promo) - Christmas 2009

A festive promo for the CBeebies Channel, twinned with Rocky Biscuits. And yes... the floating BBC Cubes even popped up here, just incase any eagle eyed 4 year olds chanced to notice it!



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