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New CBBC studio

Monday 5th September (August 2011)

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VMPhil Granada North West Today
The studios and programming really was brilliant back then. It's a shame how it's become what it is today.

TC9 was great in the summer when they would go outside onto the Blue Peter Garden.
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fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
It was a massive operation back in 2002, with TC9 for one & two output, and TC2 used for everything on the channel. Back in the days when the channel was live all day with the Xchange breakfast, Newsround updates, later nelly nut and the channel links all from one area.

In terms of today's output, the brand is very strong; logo, ident characters an more so the audio are very well created. The office set & links are something that we should enjoy, especially as all other children's output is mainly recorded voiceovers, and with what happened to the CBBC bran in 2006 it's lucky that we have the current set up at all.
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buster London London
It was a massive operation back in 2002, with TC9 for one & two output, and TC2 used for everything on the channel. Back in the days when the channel was live all day with the Xchange breakfast, Newsround updates, later nelly nut and the channel links all from one area.



I remember every day the CBBC channel used to switch to TC9 for the final hour or so (after BBC1's output had ended), which seemed odd at the time but in retrospect must have been to give XChange time to rehearse properly, as otherwise they'd never get the opportunity for their two shows a day! And maybe for the channel to pre-record some links too I guess.

I do think maybe they pitched the continuity a little too old though. I was 17 at the time and the presentation didn't seem particularly "kiddy" to me, not disimilar to T4. It's much more targetted now.
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VMPhil Granada North West Today
Sony had this idea with the PlayStation "everybody wants to be 18". If you're 12, you want to be 18. And if you're 30, you really want to be 18 again. It works both ways. Perhaps the BBC thought the same way? Obviously not the exact same philosophy, but they did get something right - the branding had a older feeling but the presenters did target the young audience very well.

Then again CITV had the opposite type of branding with its bright colours, animations, yet I liked that as well. I think CBBC was just trying to give the alternative. I think the BBC woke up to what ITV was doing with its children's output at the time and had to compete before losing all their viewers to the more appealing, brighter, friendlier (IMO) CITV. If you think back CBBC was still using those yellow and black animations yet CITV had introduced 3D CGI graphics that still look great today.

I liked the conveyer belts they used to have in the CBBC studio in 2002, they used the studio very well and it provided a lot less stale presentation output than what we have now. If only ITV hadn't given up so soon.
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fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
I don't understand why ITV ended in vision continuity when they did. It was nearly 2 years before the launch of the channel, and a while before they moved to Manchester. Even then, they could have moved it to Manchester. I'm guessing as with anything it would have been budget cuts.

There's this pitch on you tube...


I'm not a fan of how the presenters act, but the set up looked like a good idea. I suppose they isn't commission anything a they've invested the money into programming.
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aprilj Central (West) Midlands Today
I thought the T4 style presentation from 2002-2006 worked very well. It made CBBC more credible in my opinion. It seems very very dummed down nowadays with all these silly sketches. I think they should try to make it more grown up again.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I'm not in CBBC's target audience but I'm sure if I was, particularly at the older end, I'd think the likes of Steve Jones, Grimmy, Miquita Oliver, Andrew Hayden-Smith, Angelica Bell etc were cooler and trendier than the likes of 'Chris' and 'London' who's act seems only about 2 years older than what they are doing on CBeebies.
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buster London London
I don't understand why ITV ended in vision continuity when they did. It was nearly 2 years before the launch of the channel, and a while before they moved to Manchester. Even then, they could have moved it to Manchester. I'm guessing as with anything it would have been budget cuts.

There's this pitch on you tube...


I'm not a fan of how the presenters act, but the set up looked like a good idea. I suppose they isn't commission anything a they've invested the money into programming.


As I understand it that was GMTV Kids' "counter-proposal" to the move from ITV to close them down when they took over the breakfast franchise. Apparently (and I've been told all this second and third hand so take it with a pinch of salt) the idea was for them to not only carry on Toonattik but provide all the continuity for CITV at a much better price than the Manchester operation was costing. It wasn't accepted, Toonattik ended and CITV carried on much the same as it was before.
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fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
Interesting. If it was cheaper than what Manchester were offering, I wonder why it was turned down.
It is a shame that they don't do in vision continuity on CITV these days, even of they just focussed on the afternoons only.
Even 10 years ago when the CBBC Channel was launched, CITV, Nickelodeon, & Disney all had live afternoon presentation.
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buster London London
Interesting. If it was cheaper than what Manchester were offering, I wonder why it was turned down.
It is a shame that they don't do in vision continuity on CITV these days, even of they just focussed on the afternoons only.
Even 10 years ago when the CBBC Channel was launched, CITV, Nickelodeon, & Disney all had live afternoon presentation.


It's a shame but it's just expensive for what it is. In difficult times for kids' TV it is the first thing to get the chop as it can be done without it. So we should be glad that there is anything at all on CBBC as the vast majority of the channel is done with no continuity at all, so they could quite clearly switch to that if the powers-that-be decide there's no value in the continuity links anymore. The odd thing about that CITV video is that they've pretty much used the same approach as CBBC (presenters sat behind an oversized desk, even if the conceit is slightly different) which can't have helped them.

On the subject of CBBC there's an interesting new series called "12 Again" kicking off on Monday at 9.30am. Lots of different celebs talking about what TV shows and music they like when they were 12, will be interesting to see if there are any old clips dug out.
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benriggers Meridian (South) Oxford

On the subject of CBBC there's an interesting new series called "12 Again" kicking off on Monday at 9.30am. Lots of different celebs talking about what TV shows and music they like when they were 12, will be interesting to see if there are any old clips dug out.


12 Again is actually a good programme! They showed clips of Live & Kicking and even The Grove Family!
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