For the first time ABC TV’s iconic Play School series will be available to view online via the ‘video’ section on the ABC 4 Kids website and on ABC iview.
ABC TV negotiated the online rights as part of its move to expand the children’s online offerings.
The Play School episodes will be available to view from May 2 and will be uploaded on a regular basis to abc.net.au/abc4kids/video and abc.net.au/iview.
ABC TV’s Head of Children’s programming and Acquisitions, Barbara Uecker said “ABC Children’s TV is thrilled that Australians will have 24-hour access to one of their favourite preschool shows as well as being able to watch it weekdays on ABC2 and ABC1.”
Play School celebrates its 45th birthday on July 18 and will commemorate the milestone with four weeks of new episodes in July, along with unveiling new opening titles.
The Play School website will also be revamped as part of the July birthday celebrations.
Play School’s current presenters include: Karen Pang, Justine Clarke, Andrew McFarlane, Emma Palmer, Jay Laga’aia, Leah Vandenberg, Rhys Muldoon, Georgie Parker, Alex Papps, Teo Gebert, Sofya Gollan, Luke Carroll, Jolene Anderson, Hugh Sheridan, Essie Davis and Abi Tucker.
From May 2 Play School screens weekdays at 9.30am and 4.30pm on ABC 4 Kids on ABC2 and 3.05pm on ABC1.