Following the end of the analogue switch off the broadcaster will begin moving children’s programming currently screening on ABC1 to two multichannels from Sunday February 2nd.
ABC4Kids (on ABC2) will become the destination for preschool programming while ABC3 will offer school-aged programs.
Deirdre Brennan, ABC TV Head of Children’s Television said: “The uptake of digital TV has provided a unique opportunity to further strengthen our children’s destinations within the ABC TV portfolio. With fantastic programming that is now easier to find, ABC4Kids and ABC3 will continue to deliver entertaining and educational programs which preschoolers and school-aged children enjoy.”
The migration will occur in two stages –
1) From Sunday February 2: children’s programming currently screening on ABC1 on Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons will migrate to ABC4Kids and ABC3.
2) From Monday July 21: all educational programming currently screening on ABC1 weekday mornings will move to ABC3.
The changes will enable ABC1 to offer content for adults including an expanded daily edition of The Midday Report, One Plus One, ABC News: Early Edition plus drama (New Tricks, East of Everything), entertainment (Eggheads), lifestyle (Gardening Australia), arts (At The Movies) and documentary (Human Planet, Compass).
Brendan Dahill, Head of Programming, ABC1 & ABC2, said: “With digital switchover now complete we can take full advantage of the breadth of our channels to offer something for everyone during daytime. Kids will still get a full complement of programming on ABC4Kids and ABC3, whilst ABC1 will be providing general entertainment for our adult audiences and News 24 will broadcast rolling news coverage.”