Supporting More Media Choice for UK Kids
Contestable Funding Research
Plans for a £20m a year Contestable Fund for public service content feature in the government White Paper on the future of the BBC. Children's content will be included, along with religion, BAME, national and regions and arts programming. Setting up the fund needs careful handling - and more work needs to be done to ensure that when the £60m windfall that's financing the three-year experiment runs out, new money (not taken from the BBC Licence fee) will be found to enhance and increase the Fund.
As a major contribution to the thinking needed to ensure the fund is set up successfully, the CMF supported Professor Jeanette Steemers of the University of Westminster, in her research into the operation of funds in several other territories around the world. Her full report is available here.
CMF Public Policy Events
The CMF co-hosted an event to discuss the future of content for children on May 31st 2016.
CMF is also producing and sponsoring a policy Question Time session at the Children's Media Conference on July 6th 2016. CMF supporters and patrons can register for the Conference at a special reduced rate - a saving of £105 on the ticket price.
This is a full video of last year's CMC session:
Children's Media Yearbook
The 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.
The 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.
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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