Blue Peter will never get axed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 September 2017
Dick and Dom

Dick and Dom

Dick and Dom are convinced 'Blue Peter' will remain on air - despite a dip in viewing figures - because it's "ingrained" in the BBC

Dick and Dom don't think 'Blue Peter' will ever get the axe permanently.

The long-running children's television show has been heavily criticised in recent weeks after it became apparent that it's lost a staggering amount of viewers, but the comedy duo are adamant the statistics are wrong and the series will never be pulled off air.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Dom said: "Well I don't think the recent news about Blue Peter's ratings are 100 per cent accurate, because if we try to measure TV ratings they're not that accurate. If we measure things like iPlayer ratings, you can actually accurately measure the amount of hits that are being used on the programme, and I think that what the future is all about, so you know obviously everything is going to change, it's like comparing the amount of viewing figures you used to get for the news 20 years ago, compared to what you get for the news now, and it's half, and the more channels come about, the less viewers you're going to get for each channel.

"I don't know if it will get axed. I have no idea whether it's going to go or whether it's going to stay, we hope it does stay as it is as important to CBBC as the name CBBC, you know 'Blue Peter', and 'Newsround', and CBBC are just ingrained in that place."

Meanwhile, the pair's show 'Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow' was taken off air in 2006 following four years on screen but they have admitted it would never survive now.

Dom said: "There's a lot more competition because there's Netflix and Amazon Prime and YouTube. Kids don't want to go on a schedule - they want to watch when they want to watch it - and it's very much about what their mates are talking about in the playground. In terms of content, I think a programme like 'Da Bungalow' probably wouldn't make it on air these days."

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