BBC Cuts Blue Peter To Once A Week

Since it first appeared on our television screens back in 1958, Blue Peter has been a constant presence. However, following the BBC’s move to its new residence in Salford, it has been reported that the show will be cut back to just one episode per week.

A further change will be that the episode is to first air on CBBC, instead of its regular terrestrial slot. However it will still air on BBC the following day.

The head of communications at BBC’s Children and Learning commented: “We will premiere the show on CBBC at 5:45pm, which is where the vast majority of children in the UK now watch our output and where all our big shows premiere. By moving it into peak time, we hope it will reach the widest possible number of children. The airtime and budget for Blue Peter remains the same.â€?

Despite the BBC also reiterating that spin-offs and Blue Peter specials will be in continued development, this change surely cements a further decline in the demand for the programme. Not long ago it was moved from its 5pm timeslot in favour of The Weakest Link, after suffering an all-time low of just 100,000 viewers. Kids these days… they just don’t appreciate sticky back plastic and toilet rolls.

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