The Children’s Media Foundation

Supporting More Media Choice for UK Kids

Summer Consultations

CMF met Ofcom officials in early June to establish timetables for consultation on two key changes ahead.

Ofcom now has responsibility for regulating the BBC and has produced draft proposals for quotas for children's content amongst many other regulatory requirements. The consultation on these proposals closes on July 17th 2017.

A further consultation is planned to scope out how Ofcom should operate its new powers to regulate the commercial public broadcasters (ITV, C4 and Channel 5) to carry and commission more children's content - as laid out in an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill which has now become law. The timing of this consolation will become clear later in the summer.

CMF will respond to both.

Contestable Fund - What Next?

DCMS White PaperA meeting with the Department for Culture Media and Sport has revealed the timetable for the development, decision making and implementation of the proposed Public Service Contestable Content Fund. Following public consultation, the CMF contribution to which can be seen here, The Government intended to release their detailed proposals in early May 2017. But the Election has put that on hold and may disrupt the original plan to get the scheme up and running by April 2018.

As a major contribution to the thinking behind the new Fund, the CMF supported Professor Jeanette Steemers (University of Westminster), in her research into funds in several other territories around the world.  A summary of her report is available here. Full Report here.


Research Blog imageThe CMF Research Blog allows academics from a wide range of universities to post articles, reviews and comments on any subjects associated with children's media.Illustration by Evgenia Golubeva

Parent Portal answers parents' concerns about their kids' media use, from a research perspective.

"The CMF aims to be the focus for reasoned debate around the issues and it plans to produce evidence to dispel the wilder rumour and conjecture which so often feature in the press. We want to see children and media at the centre of public attention for all the right reasons."   Anna Home O.B.E. Chair CMF Board

"Children, and the media they use, are frequent topics of public concern and debate. The Children's Media Foundation will stimulate and participate in this debate - across the entire range of media that children experience."  Philip Pullman, Author and Founder Patron,

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