Blue Peter is set for a MAJOR shake up as BBC plan to ditch live broadcasts and switch up presenters

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By Bethan Edwards For Mailonline

Published: 20:54 EDT, 2 April 2024 | Updated: 20:56 EDT, 2 April 2024

Hit children's TV show Blue Peter is in line for a major shake-up which could see the show slashed and presenters switched. 

The BBC is putting production of the kids TV favourite out to tender in a bid to revive the shows fortunes.

Blue Peter first launched in 1958 and is the world's longest-running children's TV series. 

It its heyday the show had eight million viewers per episode but now just 37,700 people tuned in each week.

The current hosts on CBBC are Shini Muthukrishnan, Joel Mawhinney and Abby Cook — along with Henry the dog.

Hit children's TV show Blue Peter is in line for a major shake-up which could see the show slashed and presenters switched (pictured Abby Cook (right), with Mwaka Mudenda (left) and Joel Mawhinney (center)

The BBC is putting production of the kids TV favourite out to tender in a bid to revive the shows fortunes (pictured Simon Thomas, Konnie Huq, Liz Barker and Matt Baker 2004)

However, the presenters could face a huge switch up to the line-up as the BBC have said they are 'open' to regularly mixing up their hosts. 

The BBC said: 'We are open to suggestions for refreshing presenters on a regular basis.'

Peter Duncan, who co-hosted the series from 1985 to 1986 alongside show pet Goldie, has slammed the new idea. 

He said: 'I can't see how that's going to work. They're selling a brand of which all the people like me and the other presenters have been a part of.

'And how do you keep a pet if you have a different presenter each week?'

The tender is for a two-year contract starting in April 2025.

Currently the show airs live every Friday at 5pm on CBBC however, the tender states, 'there is no requirement to retain this model'. Meanwhile live broadcasts could be scraped. 

Some of the show's most memorable moments include John Noakes's 1969 encounter with Lulu the baby elephant, who pooed on the studio floor.

MailOnline have contacted the BBC for comment. 

Blue Peter first launched in 1958 and is the world's longest-running children's TV series. In its heyday the show had eight million viewers per episode but now just 37,700 people tuned in (pictured Simon Groom, Sarah Greene and Peter Duncan in 1981)

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