BBC News, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC should really be gone by now.
Should the BBC give up on children's programmes? It's well known that kids don't watch broadcast TV as much as they used to but if CBeebies and CBBC are axed then it's more than two nails in the coffin for broadcast TV and kids. The next generation of kids brought up on tablets and YouTube, due to a shortage of appealing programmes on the terrestrial TV channels, will probably not bother much with broadcast TV when they get older. This will ultimately drive nails into the coffin for the entire BBC!
No, as its the perfect example of public service broadcasting, one of the handful of genres that the commercial sector has largely given up on as it doesn't make money.
The non linear issue is less a factor with a chanel like Cbeebies, parents want to leave it on and not have to keep loading new programmes. But it's also embracing non linear because that's useful too, and Cbeebies are pushing their iplayer hard at the mo. There's no reason why YouTube and tablets mean that kids won't watch BBC content as its available there. Our son has a tablet and uses it to watch Cbeebies content, we don't really let him watch anything else on it as its not a safe a space. Kids YouTube is great but needs supervision