Children's Programming Changes
Written by Holly on Monday October 7, 2013
Starting Monday, you’ll notice several changes to the children’s schedule. Some of those changes are due to new programs being offered through PBS. Some changes are due to PBS putting programs only on the weekends, and some changes are being made in response to OETA viewer requests.
PEG + CAT, produced by the Fred Rogers Company, is an exciting new addition to the children’s lineup. PEG + CAT follows spirited Peg and her sidekick named Cat as they solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills. This series joins the morning block at 8am, pushing SUPERWHY to 10:30am. Over the past year, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD quickly became a favorite among our younger audience and their parents. Because of this, we’ve added a second broadcast, weekdays at 2:30pm, which pushes MARTHA SPEAKS to 3pm. Another popular series is WILD KRATTS. Preschool and grade school children have told us that it is their #1 favorite. We’ve added another broadcast during the day for the preschool children at 12pm. The afternoon WILD KRATTS timeslot moves down to 4:30pm in place of ELECTRIC COMPANY.
Because of the change in the satellite feeds of some programs, we’ve had to change the times that they begin. We understand that the changes can greatly disrupt preschoolers’, parents’ and daycare providers’ schedules, and we regret that. Some of the changes include sliding SID THE SCIENCE KID half an hour later to begin at 11am. THOMAS & FRIENDS makes a bigger leap, moving to the morning at 11:30am. The afternoon repeat of CURIOUS GEORGE will begin half an hour earlier at 1:30pm. And the programs most enjoyed by school age children, ARTHUR, WORDGIRL and WILD KRATTS, all move down half an hour to begin their block at 3:30pm.
ELECTRIC COMPANY, WORDWORLD and BARNEY & FRIENDS have been taken off the weekday schedule starting October 7th. PBS will now only feed them on the weekends. Rather than taking them off the air completely, we have included them in our OKLA and KIDS channel lineups. ELECTRIC COMPANY can be seen on OETA Kids on Sundays at 2:30pm. WORDWORLD can be seen on OKLA on Saturdays at 11:30am. BARNEY & FRIENDS feeds Saturday mornings at 5am and airs on the OKLA channel. We know that some viewers are incredibly loyal to these programs and that some teachers include them in their curriculum. We hope that you’ll be able to use the online resources and videos available online at pbskids.org and pbskids.org/go.
Our OETA Kids and OKLA channel lineups have changed as well. As with our main OETA channel, these changes happen every year. The good news is they only usually happen once per year.