The Children’s Media Foundation

Supporting the Best Media Choices for UK Kids

Regulating the BBC and PSBs

CMF has responded to the first of two major Ofcom consultations this summer

Ofcom now has responsibility for regulating the BBC and produced draft proposals for quotas for children's content amongst other regulatory requirements. CMF's response was sent on 17 July.

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.

Children's Media Yearbook Launched

The 2017 edition of the children's Media Yearbook is available now.

Published by CMF, this fifth Yearbook is packed with articles on the way children watch, the latest trends in content, research outcomes, policy discussions and news of success and innovation in every field of children's media.

It's available to download (cost: £7.95), or in hard copy which delivers with in a few days (cost: £10 + p&p)

Contestable Fund - What Next?

DCMS White PaperFollowing public consultation, the CMF contribution to which can be seen here, The Government intended to release their detailed proposals for The Public Service Contestable Fund in May 2017. But the Election has stalled that, and may disrupt the plans permanently. CMF will be investigating what has happened to the Fund.

As a major contribution to the thinking behind the new Fund, the CMF supported Professor Jeanette Steemers 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.

"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,