Radio Times is to target parents and teachers with a new spin-off magazine aimed at improving children’s knowledge through television. Smart TV is due to launch on 17 April, edited by Radio Times deputy editor Liz Vercoe.
The 68-page magazine will be published three times a year to coincide with the school calendar and feature TV programmes recommended by TV journalists and educational representatives such as BBC Magazine’s education officer Jacqueline Harding.
It is expected to highlight programmes which appeal to children aged five to 16.
The BBC has already sent details of the launch to more than 30,000 teachers. The title will initially be available by subscription only, although a few thousand copies will be sold on news-stands with a cover price of £4.99.
Radio Times associate publisher Cathy Brown said the guide would “remove the headache of trawling through schedules to find something of real educational value for a younger audience”. Rupert Smith is TV editor and Frank Varnava and Alison Graham are among the contributors.
By Ruth Addicott