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Lenny Henry says making CBBC online-only means children miss out on ‘seeing themselves’

Sir Lenny Henry has criticised the BBC over the choice to scrap its children’s channel and make it online-only.

The company introduced final week that it was axing the CBBC tv channel, which is aimed toward children aged six and over.

It is among the channels being relegated to iPlayer, together with BBC Four, as a part of a cost-cutting drive.

Speaking on the Hay Festival, Sir Lenny stated: “I feel it’s a mistake to only shunt CBBC to at least one facet and have or not it’s this factor that’s going to be on-line.

“Where is youngsters’ drama going to be? Where are youngsters going to see themselves? If you’ll be able to’t see it, you’ll be able to’t be it. If youngsters can’t watch themselves on the telly, what are they going to have the ability to relate to? Where are they going to get that from?

“We need to make work that kids can be confident is going to be appropriate for their age, and they can see themselves.”

Tracy Beaker sequence

Acclaimed dramas featured on CBBC lately embrace Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker sequence. The children’s division of the BBC produced Grange Hill and Byker Grove.

The BBC stated: “CBBC will continue to make diverse programmes and the TV channel will remain for at least three years. As the seven to 12 audience rapidly moves away from TV and towards digital, we will transition CBBC to iPlayer.”

Sir Lenny made his feedback throughout a discuss My Name Is Leon, an adaptation of the Kit de Waal novel, which he has produced for BBC One.

It tells the story of a younger combined race boy who’s taken into foster care when his mom develops postnatal melancholy, however is then separated from his child brother.

Sir Lenny praised the BBC for taking on the project, joking {that a} US streaming large would have demanded: “Does the kid have to be black? Do you think Tom Hiddleston would do it?’”

He added that it’s more and more tough for writers to get one-off dramas made as a result of streamers demand lengthy sequence.

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