Panicked parents have launched a petition to save CBeebies in response to news the BBC is considering axing its toddler and pre-school channel.
Nearly 25,000 have signed the change.org petition since it launched two days ago with parents even attempting to contact Prime Minister David Cameron directly to ask him to step in and save the channel.
The freeview channel owned by the British public broadcaster is famed for showing programmes which are both educational and entertaining for little ones.
Can't even describe how important CBeebies is to my mental well-being. And you don't want to see a toddler protest https://t.co/qTkme5iJ40Naomi Mc (@NaomiMc) September 11, 2015
Dear god the BBC are thinking about scrapping #CBeebies to save money. This is horrendous news for parents.Moi (@Kelsblells) September 10, 2015
It recently rebooted beloved children’s programme The Clangers and shows cartoons such as Charlie and Lola as well as bedtime staple In The Night Garden.
On Monday BBC Director General Tony Hall made a speech during which he said channels including Cbeebies, BBC News, BBC4 and CBBC, which is aimed at older children, may all face the axe.
The changes are part of a wider shakeup at the broadcaster which Hall says could mean children’s TV being placed onto the iPlayer platform so it can be streamed online.
The “Save the CBeebies TV channel” petition claims it “plays a significant role in the lives of most parents” and provides “both education and entertainment” and allows parents to do something else like cook dinner while kids are watching.
Classic children's TV shows
Classic children's TV shows
1/10 The Magic Roundabout (1965-2010)
Sweet-toothed Skye Terrier Dougal was the main character in this British-French animated series. Other popular characters included Zebedee the jack-in-the-box and Ermintrude the cow.
2/10 Pingu (1986-2006)
Everybody's favourite penguin lives happily with his friends and family at the South Pole. Pingu is often found on an adventure with his little sister Pinga and they speak in a unique 'penguin language' that sounds like babies.
3/10 The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993-1995)
This charming series followed a group of woodland animals who make an Oath to protect each other when they are forced to leave Farthing Wood and find a new home.
4/10 Bodger & Badger (1989-1999)
First broadcast in 1989, Andy Cunningham starred as Simon Bodger, whose best friend was a talking badger with a passion for mashed potato.
5/10 The Sooty Show (1955-1992)
Glove puppets Sooty and Sweep were staples of many a childhood. Sooty doesn't speak but owns a magic wand ('Izzy wizzy let's get busy!) while Sweep communicates with squeaks.
6/10 Blue Peter (1958-)
This long-running show is a definite classic - we all want a Blue Peter badge.
7/10 Hartbeat (1984-1993)
Tony Hart and animated Plasticine character Morph showed children how to make art from everyday items.
8/10 Teletubbies (1997-2001)
Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po are the colourful Teletubbies - who dance, sing and play in Teletubbyland where the sun has a laughing baby's face.
9/10 Playdays (1988-1997)
Remember Why Bird? Playdays ran from 1988 to 1997 on CBBC and featured puppets such as Peggy Patch, Mr Jolly and Poppy the cat.
10/10 The Wombles (1968-1976)
'Wombles are organised, work as a team. Wombles are tidy and Wombles are clean. Underground, overground, wombling free, The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we!'
On social media parents have been up in arms at the proposed changes with one mum claiming: “There will be tears and tantrums across the land if they take it away and that’s just the parents.”
Speaking at the Science Museum, Mr Hall said: “The BBC faces a very tough financial challenge. We will inevitably have to close or reduce some services.