Julia Donaldson, the author of the Gruffalo books and the Children’s Laureate, has expressed concerns about the decision to move Newsround from its 5pm home on BBC1 to a slot on CBBC in 2013. This is from the Telegraph…
The last BBC1 episode of Newsround was shown last night after beginning a continuous run (originally as John Craven’s Newsround) since 4 April 1972.
Donaldson says there is a concern that putting an important children’s news show on a children’s-only channel will prevent families from watching it together. She said: “However good a dedicated children’s channel is, there is a danger that adults will say, oh, you go and watch that and they will watch something else. I think it can actually improve family relationships do that stuff together.”
The BBC have defended the decision to take the show off its flagship channel. CBBC has 1.8million viewers every week and five times more children watch Newsround on CBBC than on BBC1. Director of BBC Children’s Joe Godwin said: “Most children choose to watch CBBC and CBeebies on the CBBC and CBeebies channels. They go to those dedicated children’s channels to find their shows.”
In November 2011, Newsround received a Special Award at the Children’s Baftas and Craven and the show’s creator Edward Barnes were there to collect it.