Children's radio set to change

Published March 17, 2009

Radio 4 has announced they’ll be bringing the weekly children’s show Go4it to an end, with the intent of making the station more family-friendly in general.

In order to keep up the children’s broadcasting though, Radio 7 will change their schedule to include a breakfast show for kids, every day. The CBeebies show on Radio 7 will move to an early morning slot (5-8am) every single day, from April.

One of the aspects of the decision behind this change is to encourage children to listen to radio around their daily routine - but the BBC will be monitoring how listenership relates to the CBeebies shows on BBC Two.

Elements to be included in the breakfast show: Lazytown, Me Too!, Kerwhizz, plus plenty of music, stories and jokes. The CBeebies show will be available on the iPlayer and as a podcast, as well.

The Go4it show is being decommissioned, as it’s been unable to attract a young audience - apparently the average age is 50! Instead, there will be more in the way of family programming, including dramas such as Matilda and The Wizard of Oz.

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