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ABC Kids (Australia)

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ABC Kids
NetworkABC Television
Owned byAustralian Broadcasting Corporation

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ABC Kids is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's part-time channel, broadcasting shows between the hours of 5 am and 7:30 pm for children 6 years old and younger, including an upper preschool audience.[1] It shares the same bandwidth as ABC TV Plus which broadcasts outside ABC Kids' scheduled hours and supplements the flagship ABC TV channel with extra adult-oriented programming. It has an educational program for children ages 2 to 13 called "ABC Reading Eggs" for Australia, internationally called "Reading Eggs" and owned by Edmentum.



In 1991, all children's programming on the ABC was organized into a daily broadcasting block under the name ABC For Kids. This new programming block featured a range of programming ranging from preschoolers to young children and included both old and new content. The logo featured six blocks (3 across, 2 down) with the top row lettered "A", "B" and "C", and the bottom row featuring an apple, a bee and a carrot beneath their respective letter.


In August 2001, the ABC For Kids timeslot was rebranded as ABC Kids and content was expanded to include shows for older children as well as younger children. A new logo was also introduced, featuring a solid green Lissajous curve (taken from the ABC's logo) overlaid with "ABC Kids" in lowercase blue letters.

2001–2003: ABC Kids and Fly TV channels[edit]

In addition to the daily broadcasting block on the ABC, a new children's channel with the ABC Kids branding commenced transmission nationally on 1 August 2001 on channel 21, becoming ABC Television's first digital multichannel service. The service was officially inaugurated by former ABC Managing Director, Jonathan Shier, at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra on 7 August 2001. The ABC launched the channel without additional funding, hoping that its success would prompt an additional government grant.[2] ABC Kids was broadcast from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, with the remaining broadcasting time occupied by its sister service, Fly TV.

Fly TV was launched on 1 November 2001 to feature programming aimed at teenagers and young adults and broadcast a 6-hour block from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am, which was repeated from 12:00 am to 6:00 am. In addition to their availability on free-to-air television, the ABC Kids and Fly TV channels were also available on Austar channel 14 and Optus TV channel 21.

The ABC Kids and Fly TV channels were discontinued on 30 June 2003 in the first of a series of cuts to save around A$25 million a year for the ABC. The ABC could not secure government funding to keep the channel on-air, and the sluggish uptake of digital television in Australia at the time made justifying a digital-only channel with a low viewership against the cost of keeping the channel on-air difficult.[3][4] However, the ABC Kids brand still remained throughout this period on the ABC's daily children's broadcasting block.

After the close of the ABC Kids and Fly TV channels, programming for younger Fly TV viewers was integrated into the ABC Kids broadcasting block.

2009–2011: Split between two channels[edit]

In February 2009, two daily blocks of children's programming were launched as ABC1 For Kids, running from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:55 pm to 4:00 pm on ABC1. On 4 December 2009, a new preschool children's block, ABC For Kids on 2 was launched on ABC2, featuring children's programming every day until 6 pm.[5] Some ABC2 programmes had to be cancelled or relocated to other channels, such as Rage. The classic ABC For Kids logo from 1991 was rendered in 3D when the ABC for Kids name was revived.

2011–present: Part-time channel refocus[edit]

In May 2011, the Weekday Morning Children's Block on ABC1 was removed. ABC for Kids on 2 rebranded as ABC 4 Kids and was refocused as a part-time channel for preschoolers sharing the same bandwidth of ABC2 between 6 am and 7 pm. A new logo based on the ABC3 logo was also introduced.[6]

In early 2014 all children's programming was removed from the main ABC channel and was divided between ABC 4 Kids and ABC3.[7] Broadcasting of this the channel was rescheduled to begin at 5 am instead of 6 am on 7 July 2014.[8]

On 2 March 2015, the name of the channel was changed to ABC Kids and a new logo inspired by the classic children's logo was unveiled.[9]

Within the rebrand of ABC Comedy on 4 December 2017, broadcasting of the channel was rescheduled to end at 7:30 pm instead of 7 pm.[10]

The channel again received a new logo and look on 17 March 2020, introducing three animated characters based on the classic logo (an apple, a bee and a crocodile named Croc, instead of a carrot). The rebrand was designed by ABC Made, the ABC's in-house award-winning creative team.[11]

Broadcasting of the channel was rescheduled to end at 6:30 pm instead of 7:30 pm on 1 January 2023.[12][13][14]

Broadcasting of the channel was rescheduled to end at 7 pm instead of 6:30 pm on 6 February 2023, due to audience feedback.[15]

Broadcasting of the channel was rescheduled back to end at 7:30 pm instead of 7 pm on 13 February 2023, due to complaints.[16][17]


See also[edit]

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