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BBC spins children’s cuts to look like bonanza (not the TV program)

You may have come across some news snippets this week which talk about the BBC taking on the big online portals such as YouTube and Netflix, with a rise in spending for children’s entertainment, a shift to online, and a personalized focus on education. A closer reading of the 2017/18 BBC budget makes a mockery of this. UK news sources have been thumping the BBC on the back for finding an extra £34 million ($44 million) to spend on children’s programming over 3 years. But actually the budget on CBBC (Children 6 to 12), and the CBeebies (children under 6), is the same as in previous years, about £97 million. And with some 30% of that shifting to a personalized…

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