Original children’s programming in the UK has fallen to its lowest in 18 years.
According to Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting Annual Research Report, the hours of original UK children’s programmes fell to 580 in 2015 from 672 in 2014.
This is the first time less than 600 hours of children’s programming has been broadcast since 1988.
With the rise of tablets and mobile devices, more children than ever are diverting their attention to YouTube, vloggers and viewing online. In May 2016, 35 of the top 100 YouTube channels were aimed at children.