Media: The Editor's Desk - Andrea Turton, CBeebies Special

- What is the magazine about?

CBeebies Special Magazine is a new, monthly publication that will focus on a different CBeebies show or theme each issue. It gives children the opportunity to thoroughly explore a new or popular brand in a one-off format.

- At whom is it targeted?

Preschoolers aged two to five. The demographic will vary with each issue depending on the character or theme. Parents and grandparents will be buying it.

- What differentiates it from rivals?

The preschool magazine market is fiercely competitive so there are always plenty of rivals. But with a new CBeebies favourite every month, the content will be fresh and exciting. Plus every issue is a gift edition - the first issue, which focuses on the characters from the 3rd & Bird show, features a cute Bird play set and karaoke DVD. The second special will feature festive fun with Wibbly Pig, which children will know from CBeebies and preschool picture books.

- What are your plans for the title?

We've got some really exciting issues planned for 2010 that will tap into some popular new programmes on the CBeebies channel.

- Of which feature are you most proud?

It's amazing to see how much has come from CBeebies Weekly. I was the editor at the time of launch, and now CBeebies Special has grown from it. I'm really looking forward to releasing our Christmas edition with Wibbly Pig, too - that issue was great fun to work on.

- PR pet peeves

Being contacted about things that are irrelevant to our readership - and sometimes very inappropriate.

- Media must-haves

I regularly read Easy Living and Good Food, and I always enjoy the Observer Magazine and Observer Woman. I'm a fan of property programmes and am really enthralled by Masterchef at the moment. And then, of course, there's always a good helping of CBeebies thanks to my two-year-old son.

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