The popular children’s news programme, BBC Newsround, will introduce one longer eight-minute daily bulletin to air every morning on CBBC and BBC iPlayer while its popular Newsround website will now offer more in-depth stories and features than ever before.
CBBC is also announcing new commissions of the award-winning Newsround Specials, co-produced by the Newsround team and Children’s In House Productions. This autumn Growing Up Black In The UK will follow the story of three children who reflect the diversity of the Black British experience.
The trio will pool their passions and opinions as they begin to craft a manifesto for change. Early next year Newsround will be asking Why Don’t We Talk About Periods?, looking at the issues around period poverty and the campaigners looking to bust period myths and normalize the conversations around menstruation.
A brand new Newsround YouTube channel also launches today which will bring young viewers the best of Newsround’s content from around the world. Videos will be curated from the website and news bulletins throughout the week and will highlight the issues most impacting on children as well as providing a platform for their points of view.
Also this month, a full-time environmental correspondent will join the Newsround team to inform and educate our young audience with the most up to date environmental news from across the world.
Newsround has gone from strength to strength in 2020 with the website regularly attracting more than 1m visitors a week and around an estimated 750,000 children watching the bulletin every day many from their classrooms. All these new features will ensure that even more kids are able to access the much-loved brand in the places where they spend their time.
Editor of BBC Newsround, Paul Plunkett, said: “We are so excited to be relaunching Newsround today with more online content, a longer bulletin and a YouTube channel that we know our audience will love. Our Newsround team are passionate about reporting age-appropriate news stories across all our platforms that speak to the lives of today’s children. These changes reflect the changing media habits of our audience and ensures Newsround will remain relevant for generations to come.”