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BBC Kids
BBC Kids.svg
Country Canada
Broadcast area Nationwide
Slogan What's so funny?
Headquarters Canada
Language(s) English
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Owner Knowledge West Communications (80%, managing partner)
BBC Studios (20%)
Sister channels Knowledge Network
Knowledge Kids
Launched November 5, 2001 (2001-11-05)
Closed December 31, 2018 (2018-12-31)

BBC Kids is a defunct Canadian specialty television channel. It was owned as a joint venture between Knowledge West Communications (which served as managing partner and owns a majority 80% interest), an entity of the Government of British Columbia as a crown corporation under Knowledge Network and BBC Studios (which owned the remaining 20%), the latter being a commercial division of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It operated as a commercial-free channel that aired programming aimed at youth ranging from preschoolers to teenagers.


Programming blocks

CBeebies logo.
  • CBeebies - "CBeebies" was a programming block aimed at preschoolers that airs weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. It debuted on May 13, 2011, when Knowledge Network Corporation took ownership of the channel, when BBC Kids was changed from an ad-supported service to a commercial-free service.
  • Cartoon Afternoons - "Cartoon Afternoons" was a programming block dedicated to animated television series that aired weekdays from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Drama at 8 - "Drama at 8" was a primetime block featuring various British dramas, such as Emma and Moone Boy. It aired every weeknight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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  • BBCK - "BBCK" was a program block aimed towards both preteen and teenage audiences that debuted on April 3, 2006, while BBC Kids was still under the ownership of Alliance Atlantis and BBC Worldwide, airing nightly from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time. With the block's launch, the channel also launched a separate website, making it appear as though BBCK was a separate channel similar to the former agreement between US preschool channel Noggin and the block The N In early 2008, when Canwest Global and Goldman Sachs purchased Alliance Atlantis, the BBCK website was shut down; however, the block itself remained until after May 12, 2011, when ownership changed hands from Shaw Media to Knowledge Network Corporation and when BBC Kids was changed from an ad-supported service to a commercial-free service.
  • The Spot - From its launch in 2001 to May 12, 2011, BBC Kids aired a programming block called "The Spot", which aired weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. "The Spot" focused on programming aimed at preteen audiences. The block was discontinued after May 12, 2011 when the channel's ownership changed hands from Shaw Media to Knowledge Network Corporation.

International distribution

  • Jamaica - distributed on Flow Cable systems.
  • The Bahamas - was distributed on Cable Bahamas systems and later replaced by TV Ontario channel as of mid 2012.
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