The Children’s Media Foundation

Supporting More Media Choice for UK Kids

Consulting on the Contestable Fund

DCMS White PaperPlans for a £20m a year Contestable Fund for public service content featured in the government White Paper on the future of the BBC and are now the subject of a public consultation being carried out by the DCMS.

Questions as to the organisation of the fund, its criteria, which genres might be served (children's is not the only one on the table), where the content will be hosted, how it should be administered and how funding might be found when the three-year pilot is completed - all feature in the consultation.

CMF has organised an event to discuss all these issues and more.

February 2nd 2017
6.30 - 8.30pm including drinks reception
Lewis Silkin Offices, 5 Chancery Lane, Cliffords Inn, London EC4A 1BL
Tickets £10 - free to CMF Supporters and patrons

Eventbrite - Consulting on the Contestable Fund

As a major contribution to the thinking needed to ensure the fund is set up successfully, the CMF supported Professor Jeanette Steemers (University of Westminster), in her research into the operation of funds in several other territories around the world.  A summary of her report is available here. Full Report here.

Children's Media Yearbook 

The Children's Media Yearbook is available now. 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. Yearbook 2016 strongly reflects the content of the Children's Media Conference and its theme 'Making it Happen'.

You can buy a hard copy or download a pdf for instant access.


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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