Chris Johnson announces CBBC Office departure

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CBBC Office presenter Chris Johnson has announced that he is to leave at the start of September.

Chris, who is currently the lead continuity presenter, joined the channel in January 2010 presenting weekends with Ed Petrie. Before continuing with holiday mornings and weekends with the likes of London Hughes and Dodge the Dog.

Then, following Iain Stirling leaving, took over weekday afternoons with Hacker the Dog in February 2013 where he’s remained for the past year and half.

Chris has also voiced Dennis the Menace in a recent reboot, appeared in shows such as 12 Again and narrated new hit Whoops I Missed The Bus. He’s also a member of Doctor Who Magazine’s Time Team and voiced characters for online interactive game The Gunpowder Plot.

Announcing the news on his personal Twitter page, Chris wrote: “Sep 5th will be my last day in the CBBC Office. It’s been amazing but after playing ‘Chris’ for 4 years it’s time to try something new.

“For those asking, I’m not gone from the CBBC Channel entirely – Dennis the Menace & Gnasher is on every day & there are more shows to come.”

You can watch Chris most weekday afternoons from 4:00pm on the CBBC Channel and CBBC HD.

Chris’ final day in the CBBC Office will be Friday 5th September 2014.

 

The CBBC Blog’s 2013 Survey Results are in!

This summer we once again asked you to tell us what you think about CBBC and the results are in.

  • Blue Peter was voted as the “best show” on CBBC.
  • 63% said the CBBC continuity links were ‘Brilliant’.
  • 93% of people say they’d like CBBC to air a live Saturday morning show.
  • 88% said they think CBBC should have a mobile/tablet app*.

To read the full 2013 survey results click here.

To see the full list of where CBBC shows rated click here.

*Since our survey closed, the BBC Trust have confirmed that a CBBC app will launch for iOS and Andriod devices in late 2013 / early 2014.

Iain Stirling to present ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’

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Iain Stirling is to present CBBC’s new comedy panel show The Dog Ate My Homework.

The show is “school based” and apparently “lets you down, lets CBBC down, and above all, lets itself down”.

It will see two teams (made up of comedians, celebrity guest and junior sidekicks) face a mixture of tongue-in-cheek comedy, off-the-wall questions, nonsensical studio games, and slapstick challenges.

CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor has described the show as “CBBC’s answer to Mock the Week“.

Iain Stirling is a BAFTA-nominated comedian who presented CBBC continuity links from May 2009 till January 2013.

It is not currently known when The Dog Ate My Homework will air, but filming takes place in October – tickets are available by clicking here.

What did Katie Thistleton do before she was a CBBC presenter? She was CBBC bosses’ PA

Katie Thistleton

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Katie Thisleton joined the CBBC Office presenting team in January of this year, being the first female member of the team since 2011 when comedian London Hughes left after the move from London to Salford.

Katie had been working for CBBC since 2011 where she was personal assistant to the controllers of CBBC and younger children channel CBeebies. Then in autumn last year, she got a job as a researcher or CBeebies radio.

But when new CBBC boss Cheryl Taylor took over in late 2012 she asked Katie if she wanted to do a screen test for the channel.

Speaking to BBC Ariel in March, Katie said: “I hadn’t ever done a screen test and I just thought, Oh God, that’s terrifying. It’s something that was a dream job, obviously. But I just thought it was a bit too unreachable because it’s hard enough getting a researcher job at the BBC, never mind becoming a presenter.”

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The website notes that since moving to Salford all of the CBBC continuity presenters have been male (Iain, Chris, Ben) and even dogs Hacker & Dodge are male.

Annie Dixon, executive producer said: “We’d been looking for a new female presenter at CBBC for 18 months and more. Cheryl and [previous CBBC boss] Damian Kavanagh said Katie had something special. So we did the screen test and we all thought, Eh, you’re not bad.”

Katie, who has a journalism qualification and an English and creative writing degree, said her ambition was to work behind the scenes at CBBC. So didn’t want to give up the CBeebies radio production role.

In January, she started both roles – working four days a week with the CBeebies radio team and Thursday’s at CBBC recording the weekend continuity.

Katie continues: “I sit in brainstorms with the CBBC production team as a presenter, but I’m used to being in CBeebies meetings as a researcher.”

She said she still gets annoyed at mistakes, such as forgetting her lines!

“I think I’ll get used to it because the other guys have done it for so long that, when they forget, they joke about it and move on. If anything, it makes it funnier but I’m still at that stage where I panic about it.”

Watch Katie in action on the following pages:
– Meet CBBC’s Newest Presenter – Katie
– CBBC Live In Leeds: Continuity