BBC1 viewers to get a Blue Peter that was made earlier

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The BBC’s flagship children’s show Blue Peter is to be cut to just one regular edition a week – and its first airing will no longer be on BBC1.

Instead, the programme will be screened first on digital channel CBBC, with a repeat on BBC1 the following day.

The move marks a profound change for a show that has been screened on BBC1 first since its launch in 1958.

The programme, which has become a cornerstone of children’s lives for generations, will move to the digital channel on January 12.

Blue Peter popularised the phrase “here’s one I made earlier”. For many years children would keep supplies of toilet roll tubes and sticky-back plastic to hand ready to make inexpensive toys and gifts.

It is currently presented by daredevil Helen Skelton and popular CBBC presenter Barney Harwood, but in recent years has been a launchpad for TV stars such as Matt Baker, Konnie Huq and Anthea Turner.

Other famous presenters have included Valerie Singleton, Janet Ellis, John Noakes and Peter Purves.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “The amount of airtime we devote to Blue Peter remains exactly the same, we are just scheduling it differently. It will still have a regular slot – now all year round – but we’ll have flexibility to introduce additional specials that will go into more depth on events and activities.”

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