Okay, so we might have stopped watching Blue Peter long over a decade ago – well, that’s if you don’t count when we’re off sick - but we were still totally gutted to hear today that one of the best TV shows from our childhoods is being ditched by those big BBC One bosses – who have decided it should be moved to the digital CBBC channel.
The BBC have defended their move, with the company’s Head Of Press & Media Relations, Julian Payne, saying more kids watch the show on the CBBC channel anyway.
"For absolute clarity the BBC is not ditching Blue Peter," he tweeted. "Blue Peter already premieres on CBBC and is repeated on BBC One. More 6-12s watch it on digital channel as it is."
Now, even though it really was a ridiculous amount of time ago that we actually watched the programme, we remember it like it was yesterday. All that rushing home from school to switch on the telly while having our tea and enjoying all the crazy things the presenters would get up to for the sake of good viewing. On a side note, we also rather vividly remember Ed The Duck and Andy Peters in the Broom Cupboard – but that’s just showing our age. Another more recent memory was when Konnie Huq and Zoe Salmon had to make a public apology on the show because they’d faked the winning name of their new cat. Remember that?
But kids were watching this classic programme way before we were – Blue Peter has been broadcast since 1958, which means it’s the longest-running children’s programme in the world (that deserves an award or two doesn’t it?)… Plus over the years there have been a whole load of presenters – 33 in fact, including the lush Gethin Jones, Matt Baker, Tim Vincent and Yvette Fielding, as well as current presenters Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood (above).
We're just sorry to see it disappear off the mainstream. But hey, Blue Peter, we salute you!