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CBBC (Children's BBC) is the brand-name for the BBC's children's television programmes aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years old. The Children's BBC name as a dedicated programming strand began on 9 September 1985, with the CBBC name used informally since 1990. This became official with a relaunch of the BBC's branding in 1997.

CBBC programmes are shown on BBC One, BBC Two and the CBBC Channel. CBBC has a sister brand, CBeebies, for children under 6. The CBBC brand for BBC One and BBC Two are known as CBBC One on BBC One and CBBC Two on BBC Two.

CBBC comes under the control of the BBC Children's department, who are responsible for creating programming for children up to the age of 16. It is based in the East Tower of the BBC Television Centre, with some programmes coming from Scotland and Bristol.

Since February 2006, the Controller of BBC Children's has been Richard Deverell, with Anne Gilchrist as Creative Director of CBBC and Michael Carrington as Creative Director of CBeebies.

The department splits output into age groups, with CBeebies for ages up to 6, the CBBC brand for ages 6 to 12, and BBC Switch, for ages 12 to 16.
Monday 3 September 2007 saw the fifth CBBC relaunch.As part of the relaunch, new logos, idents, interactive services, programmes and presenters were introduced. The previous CSO computer generated backgrounds used from December 2006 were replaced by a real set. Its design is a reflection of CBBC's roots, with a similar set up to the original Broom Cupboard.

Ed Petrie became the chief continuity presenter, accompanied by puppet sidekick Oucho T. Cactus (operated and voiced by Warrick Brownlow-Pike). The duo regularly present live, weekday afternoon links on the CBBC channel with Petrie voicing pre-recorded, out-of-vision announcements during the weekday strand on BBC One. On 29 August 2008, the duo went on extended leave to record a new series for CBBC - they are due to return to continuity duties on 1 December 2008. During this period, relief presenter Holly Walsh is presenting weekday afternoon links for the channel.

Anne Foy presented pre-recorded in-vision links at the weekend alongside her dog, Elliot, until her departure in March 2008. Foy was replaced by two new presenters, Ben Hanson and Ciaran Joyce, who previously appeared in CBBC show The Story of Tracy Beaker. The duo regularly present in-vision links at the weekend and stand in for Ed and Oucho.


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