CBeebies was last night named channel of the year at the British Academy Children’s Awards.
The MediaCityUK-based channel capped a superb night for the BBC, who picked up a total of nine awards across genres including entertainment, factual, drama and comedy.
The broadcaster also won best comedy for Horrible Histories, best pre-school animation for Timmy Time, best drama for The Dumping Ground, best pre-school live action for CBeebies’ Ugly Duckling, best entertainment show for Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic and best factual for Operation Ouch!.
Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes took home the presenter award for Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-up, while Bobby Lockwood won best performance for Wolfblood.
Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children’s, said: “These awards are credit to the amazing talent we have both on screen and behind the cameras.
“It’s been an exciting year for both CBBC and CBeebies, with high-quality UK content on TV, online and now on mobile apps. The stuff we make really inspires children and gets them talking in the playground – and I’m very proud that BAFTA has recognised that.”
Former Blue Peter editor Biddy Baxter was presented with the Children’s BAFTA Special Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry – including her work as editor of the flagship children’s programme from 1962 to 1988.
The awards were held in London and hosted by Jake Humphrey.