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A week on the web: Blue Peter axed from BBC1

Seminal kids’ TV show Blue Peter will no longer be broadcast on BBC1, the BBC announced yesterday. Twitter went into a nostalgia-soaked meltdown


  1. It’s the end of an era, and no mistake: Blue Peter will is being ditched from BBC1. So no more sticky-backed plastic, cute kittens or incontinent elephants on the BBC's main channel.


    Twitter users of a certain age were united in their grief, which was up there with the emotional outpouring caused by the death of George the tortoise in 2004.

  2. However, an alarming number of people got the wrong end of the stick, as demonstrated by a rather tetchy sounding Tweet from the head of press and media relations for the BBC.
  3. You can’t get much clearer than that: the show isn’t being axed, merely moved exclusively on to CBBC. Tweet in haste, repent in leisure, as they might say one day.
  4. Indeed.


    The deputy editor of trade publication Broadcast (et al) put the whole thing into perspective. 

  5. But this does feel like the end of something significant for anyone in their late 30s and 40s.
  6. So wrote Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the Channel 4 News presenter, before contradicting himself slightly.
  7. Times columnist Caitlin Moran was less sanguine about the news and will no doubt be leading the march on Broadcasting House.
  8. The big question now is: what will fill the whole in the BBC1 schedules vacated by Blue Peter's departure?
  9. But who would give them a Blue Peter badge for doing so? These remain a treasured item for many.
  10. Rumour has it that's how Charlie Brooker originally tried to woo Ms Huq.
  11. There’s no shortage of video highlights from the show’s 53-year history on YouTube. Here are just a few, leading, of course, with a naughty elephant.