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CBBC launched a brand new brand in 2016, with the assistance of common character Hacker T Canine

Plans to reinvent the BBC “for a brand new era” and fight competitors from media giants comparable to Amazon and Netflix are as a result of be unveiled.

The company will reveal its plans later, which can embrace “the most important funding in kids’s companies in a era”.

An extra £34m will likely be invested throughout the three years to 2019-20.

A BBC supply says it “wants to reply” to the best way kids and younger folks presently watch programmes.

The brand new funding, delivered following financial savings made throughout the BBC, will see the finances for youngsters’s programming attain £124.4m by 2019-20, up from the present determine of £110m.

In three years, £31.4m will likely be spent on-line, on content material that may embrace video, dwell on-line programme extensions, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, quizzes, guides, video games and apps.

By David Sillito, media and humanities correspondent

During the last six years, kids’s TV viewing has dropped by greater than 1 / 4.

Kids now spend extra time on-line than they do in entrance of the tv, round 15 hours per week. Even pre-schoolers spend greater than eight hours per week on-line, in keeping with Ofcom.

Naturally then, the CBBC channel aimed toward six to 12-year-olds has seen a drop in its viewers, and more and more kids are selecting to make use of the BBC’s iPlayer.

Viewing habits are altering, however so too is the content material they’re watching. Shorter video clips, interactive content material and video games are all going to extend.

The setting for all of this can be a long-term decline in spending on British kids’s programmes by different broadcasters – ITV’s programming went from 424 hours in 1998 to 64 in 2013 – and the dominance of US programming.

It will solely enhance in a web-based world dominated by the tech giants. Kids’s tradition is being formed by companies primarily based on the west coast of America.

BBC director basic Tony Corridor and BBC chairman Sir David Clementi are publishing the BBC’s first Annual Plan, which can set out the BBC’s ambition for the approaching yr.

It will clarify how the BBC is aiming to deal with such challenges as “pretend information” and kids’s radically totally different media decisions.

It’ll additionally present how the company is “going to serve the wants of the nations and areas of the UK,” together with setting “the best ambition for variety”.

A BBC supply stated Lord Corridor has “set a transparent problem – to reinvent the BBC for a brand new era”.

“The best way kids and younger individuals are watching and consuming programmes and different content material is altering quick, and the BBC wants to reply. This funding will imply we will reinvent how we serve our youngest viewers within the years forward, whereas persevering with to provide excellent programmes on CBeebies and CBBC.

“Funding in British content material – significantly for the younger – is important, except we wish extra of our tradition formed and outlined by the rise of West Coast American firms.”

The supply additionally stated that the BBC is exploring how new applied sciences can improve how kids and adults uncover new content material.

The annual plan will not be the identical because the BBC’s annual report, which appears to be like again over the earlier yr’s efficiency and publishes particulars in regards to the company’s funds and spending. The annual report is predicted later this month.