The Children’s Media Foundation

Supporting More Media Choice for UK Kids

Jackanory at 50

Jackanory113th December 2015, 3 (for 3.30)pm - 6pm including drinks
Level 6,
Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Rd, London
Tickets £10.
Free to Supporters and Patrons

Jackanory at 50 contributors

Celebrate the iconic programme's 50th birthday with Hannah Gordon, David Wood, Paul Birkbeck and Jeremy Swan - some of the famous faces who have appeared in, written, illustrated tamed directed the show.  Hosted by TV presenter and children's author Matt Brown in the new Foyles 6th floor venue in the heart of London's West End.

CMF Campaign - a Better Deal for British Kids

  • We support the continued existence of the BBC licence fee.
  • We ask the government to stick to its promise to increase the Licence Fee in line with inflation for the next Charter period (10 years from 2017).
  • We support the BBC plan to develop the iPlay service and create more content for children over 10, while maintaining support for CBeebies and CBBC.
  • We propose that to achieve that, the BBC commits to increasing budgets for children's and youth programming every year for the next Charter period.
  • Due to clear market failure, we support the development of a Children's Alternative Fund to stimulate broadcasters and other platforms to commission and carry UK-focused children's content.
  • We do not support top-slicing of the Licence Fee to pay for this Fund.
  • We call upon the government to commission the necessary research to investigate the viability and scope of an Alternative Fund, and to launch the Fund as a matter of urgency, to provide healthy competition for the BBC and to extend the range of British content available to UK kids.

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CMF Calls for Research into Alternative Funding

The Children's Media Foundation is building a coalition of organisations and individuals to support a comprehensive research programme into a viable alternative source of funding for children's content, outside the BBC.

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The government Green Paper on the Future of the BBC recognises the market failure in children's commissioning and explores the idea of a fund.  CMF wants them to take this further and develop a full research programme to figure out where the money might come from, which organisations or companies might want to access it (and run the content), how the fund should be operated and regulated and what criteria would ensure the content is relevant, distinctive, varied, of high quality and for all age ranges.

CMF response to the DCMS Green Paper.
All CMF consultation responses here.

Campaign Supporters include:
Bernard Ashley, Reg Bailey C.B.E., Baroness Floella Benjamin O.B.E., Michael Carrington, Andrew Chowns - Directors UK, Compact Media, Bernie Corbett - Writers Guild of Great Britain, Brian Cosgrove, Cressida Cowell, Jamila Gavin, Kids Industries, Professor Maire Messenger-Davies, Russell T Davies O.B.E, Nigel Pickard, Philip Pullman, The Society of Authors, Professor Jeanette Steemers, Anne Wood C.B.E., Zodiak Kids Studios

Other CMF Events

The CMF hosted an event to discuss the future of public broadcasting for children on September 3rd 2015. A full account of the discussions can be seen in this report.

The CMF-produced 'Gamechange' session at the Children's Media Conference on July 2nd included as panellists Ed Vaizey MP and Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children's. Here's a full video of the event:

Children's Media Yearbook 2015

CMF2015 cover image for websiteThe new Children's Media Yearbook is packed with articles with every perspective on children's content. It's a great way to keep in touch with the latest thinking on the policy, research, business, creativity and audience perceptions of kids' content. You can buy a hard copy or download a pdf for instant access.


CMF has signed up as a supporter of the iRights campaign launched by Baroness Beeban Kidron.  Information on the campaign and the nature of the rights it aims to promote, in this video:

Research Services

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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