BBC1 ready to axe Bluepeter

The Daily Mail reports:

It has been a staple of BBC1’s afternoon schedule for generations of children.

But possibly not for much longer. For Blue Peter may be dumped from the flagship channel, it has emerged.

Bosses have discussed taking the show off BBC1, where it airs at 4.30pm, and putting it on one of the corporation’s lesser-watched digital channels.



Under the controversial proposal, the 3.05pm to 5.15pm children’s slot would be axed altogether. 

Instead, children’s shows would be put exclusively on specialist channels CBBC and CBeebies.

The idea is being considered as part of the Corporation’s cost-cutting exercise, which aims to make 20 per cent savings to the BBC’s budget following a six-year freeze on the licence fee.

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Sure Start mums in Mother's Day Downing Street-protest

The Liverpool Echo reports:

A group of angry mums from Liverpool used Mother’s Day to protest in Downing Street about cuts to Sure Start Children’s Centres.

The mothers and their little ones from the No Cuts for Kids campaign delivered a 50,000-strong petition opposing the centres’ cuts and closures.

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April is a childcare nightmare for some

The Telegraph reports: Parents face a childcare nightmare as the Royal wedding, Easter holidays and AV referendum combine to shut schools.

Children whose schools are used as polling stations in the May 5 referendum and council elections will be at home for a total of 14 weekdays over the next month.

Parenting groups warned that the extra days off will put families under strain, as working parents struggle to make childcare arrangements for the unusually long break.

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British maternity wards in crisis

The Independent reports:

The safety of maternity care in Britain's hospitals is under the gravest threat from an over-stretched, underresourced service which is putting mothers and babies in danger, experts have warned.

Fourteen NHS trusts have significantly raised baby death rates which are up to twice the national average. Shortages of staff, a rising birth rate, lack of training, inadequate equipment and poor leadership are leaving women in childbirth exposed to unacceptable risks.

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