Bad news for Bachcha party: CBeebies to shut by Nov-end. So will BBC Entertainment

02 Nov,2012

By A Correspondent


Parents of tiny tots whose kids won’t eat a morsel without Teletubbies for company may now have some trouble on hand.


By end-November, CBeebies will go off air as will BBC Entertainment. Hey, didn’t we all hear just earlier this week that the channel was to air a special Top Gear show on 50 years of James Bond cars? Yes, we did. But that’s the way it is.


On Thursday, BBC Worldwide confirmed the closure of two of its branded entertainment channels in India. BBC Entertainment and CBeebies are to be withdrawn and will no longer be available beyond the end of November 2012.  BBC World News, however, will remain available in India and continue to grow its distribution in the market.


Said Mark Whitehead, Senior Vice President and General Manager, BBC Worldwide Channels Asia: “The decision to withdraw BBC Entertainment and CBeebies has not been an easy one.  India is a dynamic and fast growing media market but remains uniquely challenging for pay TV channels.  Specifically, delays in digitization and the need for channel operators to pay cable platforms for carriage makes the economics of running channels very challenging at this time.”


Hey, Mr Whitehead Sir, digitization took off in right earnest in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata yesterday. 100% of Delhi is digitized, in Mumbai it is 118% whereas in Kolkata it is 85% and in Chennai it stands at 63%… and all of this information is not MxMIndia, Saar, but from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. So now why this Kolaveri?


Despite this, a statement says, BBC Worldwide remains committed to India, where BBC World News – the BBC’s international news and current affairs television channel – will be available across the market, along with the and websites, BBC Hindi radio and Global India, a new primetime programme produced by BBC Hindi TV which will launch on five ETV channels later this week. Interestingly, the communiqués announcing Global India reached us a few hours before the BBC Entertainment and CBeebies closure was announced.


In addition, BBC Worldwide operates a TV production business, a content syndication business and Lonely Planet in India. The company is also evaluating the potential for a number of digital initiatives which have been successfully developed in other markets. BBC programmes will also continue to be available on other channels in India, both terrestrial and cable, as well as digitally on a YouTube channel.



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2 responses to “Bad news for Bachcha party: CBeebies to shut by Nov-end. So will BBC Entertainment”

  1. Shweta says:

    Please start the very well know and in demand Cbeebies, very interactive, educational and multi activity, my daughter still cannot forget the Mister maker and her fav eagle peegle … please its our earnest plead to restart the channel..

  2. Ravneet Puri says:

    on behalf of all the mommies from chandigarh in our circle we request u to please resume the channel as yours was one channel which was educative and contained no violent programmes.our little ones miss your channel badly and we ready to pay an extra amount for viewing the channel…….cbeebies.

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