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CBeebies is a British television channel produced by the BBC and aimed at children 4 years and under. Launched on 11 February 2002 it broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Freeview (where it shares bandwidth with BBC Four, broadcast after 7 p.m.), cable, IPTV and digital satellite. An audio counterpart, CBeebies Radio, broadcasts for 3 hours everyday on BBC 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The CBBC Channel is its sister channel for older children.

CBeebies offers a mix of education and entertainment programming. The schedule on CBeebies is the same every weekday, with a different schedule (often with different programmes) at the weekends. Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends, all programmes are signed. CBeebies also has programmes on BBC One and BBC Two and are known as CBeebies on BBC One and CBeebies on BBC Two. Michael Carrington is the current Controller for CBeebies, responsible for commissioning all content across BBC Television, On-line, Interactive TV, and Radio.

The continuity for CBeebies is broadcast from Studio 4 of Teddington Studios, a small, widescreen equipped studio. It is understood that CBeebies will be able to make use of Teddington's facilities for half the rate charged to it by BBC Resources for studios at Television Centre - saving the channel around £500,000 per year.

The international CBeebies channel is commercial-free and wholly-owned by BBC Worldwide. The first international launch for the CBeebies channel was in India in May 2007. The channel is available on the TataSky digital satellite platform in addition to India online Broadband Pvt Ltd. The channel launched in Singapore on the mio TV in July 2007, on NOW TV in Hong Kong in October 2007, in Poland on the Cyfrowy Polsat digital satellite platform in December 2007, in Indonesia on Indovision in April 2008 in Mexico on the Sky Latin America digital satellite platform in August 2008, and in Africa on DStv in September 2008. It will launch in Australia on FOXTEL on November 1, 2008.


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