According to Spain’s television viewers’ association, Asociación de Usuarios de la Comunicación, Spanish television networks are keeping the nation’s children up late.
The viewers’ representatives are angry about the 10pm start times of popular children’s TV shows such as La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids) and MasterChef Junior.
The association is asking for broadcasters to re-schedule children’s programming to make it much earlier in the night.
Over the last few years children’s shows have aired progressively later, according to Alejandro Perales, the association’s president.
For instance, children’s channels now start films around 9.30pm, and they don´t finish until late in the night.
Perales said: “Then they wake up late the next morning, they don’t eat breakfast, they arrive late at school.”
Spain’s TV ratings show that nearly 600,000 Spanish children aged between four and 12 are watching TV after 10.00pm on weeknights.
One of the worst culprits, the children’s version of the Spanish spin-off of The Voice, aired its final episode last week.
Perales said: “When the show finished around 1.30am in the morning, there were still 130,000 kids sitting in front of their TVs.”