Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children 'Can't Live' without Television

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Children 'Can't Live' without Television

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Byline: By Anthony Barnes

Many children say they would be unable to live without television, a new study has found.

Research by the Broadcasting Standards Commission into youngsters' viewing habits found many could not conceive of turning to alternatives such as reading.

BBC1 soap EastEnders proved to be the most popular show among children during the past year, with not one dedicated kids' programme featuring in the top 10.

Despite its occasionally more adult material, it was just ahead of ITV1's more family-friendly Pop Idol final.

Young girls - typically in the 12-15 age group - like to watch soaps with their mothers, according to the research.

BSC research director Andrea Millwood-Hargave said that watching soaps was often seen as "family time."

Four of the most popular shows last year were England World Cup matches, with research showing many young boys enjoying watching football with their fathers.

Children spend an average of two hours and 23 minutes each day watching TV, an hour and 11 minutes less than the daily total for adults. …

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