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 One/CBBC Two
Children's BBC - 1992
This CBBC look first appeared in September 1991, albeit with a different soundtrack. This soundtrack would be replaced again with this more familiar version in 1992. Aired here as part of the 30th birthday celebrations for CBBC in September 2015.
CBBC on Two (Intro) - 2004
CBBC (Credits) - 2002
CBBC (Credits Love) 2002
CBBC (Promo) - 2002
CBBC (Advert) - 2002
CBBC (Bug Banner) - 2002
CBBC - Christmas 2008
No longer in the bugs look now for the main CBBC channel, 2007 saw the introduction of another logo, and a new set of idents where the letters were 'sang'. 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
CBBC (Promo) - Christmas 2008
CBBC (Promo) - Christmas 2009
CBBC - Christmas 2009
CBBC (Trampoline) - 2017
A new logo and presentation package were introduced to CBBC in 2016, aiming to give the channel a squarer logo which would work better in apps as they tried to be all hip and down with dem kids. Idents consist of scenes featuring the colours of the new logo, with the scene here showing trampolining.
CBBC (Igloo) - Christmas 2017
The Christmas ident set for CBBC features a different set of scenes, but still forming up the multicoloured logo with signature notes at the end. Children building an igloo out of coloured blocks feature for this one, one of several in the set that has been reused each Christmas since 2016.
CBBC (Crawlers) - Christmas 2017
Children throw wall crawlers against a window for another festive CBBC ident. Essentially the same as the crawler ident from the regular rotation, just with different visual effects and a festive soundtrack added in post production.
CBBC (Graphical - Short) - 2018
A short sting for the CBBC channel, made up solely of colourful graphical elements.
CBBC (Graphical - Mid) - 2018
A mid-length sting for the CBBC channel, featuring the logo animation made up of entirely graphical elements.
CBBC (Graphical - Long) - 2020
The full length version of the solely graphical CBBC ident/sting.
CBBC (Drones - Mid) - 2018
A child controls a drone to carry his coloured bag along in this CBBC ident/sting. A mid-length version.
CBBC (Dennis and Gnasher) - 2019
A special CBBC ident based around Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed from the channel.
CBBC (Danger Mouse) - 2019
Another special ident for CBBC, this time based around their Danger Mouse reboot.
CBBC (Sting - Long) - 2019
In addition to the usual recurring festive idents, for Christmas 2019 a cutout visual style was added to the presentation. This same style was followed through on both stings and dedicated trailers for elements of the channel and website too.
CBBC (Sting - Short) - Christmas 2019
A shorter sting using the Christmas 2019 'cutout' theme on CBBC.
CBBC (Promo) - Christmas 2019
An extended amount of the 'cutout' Christmas 2019 theming is used in a promo for CBBC shows on BBC iPlayer.
CBBC (Promo) - Christmas 2019
Another Christmas 2019 promo using the CBBC 'cutout' style for that year. This time promoting parts of the website.
CBBC (Drones) - 2020
The full length version of the 'Drone' ident, featuring more time focused on the controls for the drone. In an era of childhood obesity panic, it's good to see children getting all that essential finger exercise rather than carrying heavy weights.
CBBC (Neon Dance) - 2020
ITV Nighttime as you've never seen it before! Or more specifically, some children dancing with coloured lights for this CBBC ident.
CBBC (Crawlers) - 2020
A non-festive version of the Wall Crawler ident, once again showing people throwing the toys against a window.
CBBC (Slinkys) - 2020
Coloured slinky springs are used to make up this CBBC ident.