Blue Peter presenters: Where are they now?

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 6, 2017

Blue Peter first hit TV screens in 1958, and was once a staple of kids television, with children rushing home from school to catch the programme on the BBC.

The future of BBC children's show Blue Peter is in danger after a recent broadcast failed to record a single viewer.

Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes died earlier this year, aged 83.

Yep, statistics from the official system used to measure TV audiences appear to show that a repeat aired on 13 June at 2.30pm was watched by nobody.

'It is very important to put the comments made about viewing figures for Blue Peter in context, ' the spokesperson explained.

At its peak Blue Peter would rake in nearly eight million viewers and, a decade ago, when it was aired three times a week on BBC1, it was getting just under one million viewers per episode. The original airing of the episode, which was broadcast at 7.30pm on 8 June, amassed 53,100 viewers - a far cry from the eight million that tuned in during the show's heyday.

'The episode in question is our repeated "signed" version which needs to air on CBBC in order to appear on BBC iPlayer - an important service for viewers who use BSL (British Sign Language).

The current Blue Peter presenting line-up is Barney Harwood, Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya.

Back them, it was shown three times a week on BBC One and could pull in around seven million viewers - but viewing figures fell to around the 1m mark in more recent years and the show found itself moved around the schedules before eventually shifting to CBBC in 2012.

Meanwhile CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor tells The Independent: 'I challenge any naysayers to check out last week's enthralling episode on iPlayer if they have any doubts at all about its value and enduring appeal to the curious and clued-up CBBC audience'.

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