The Children’s Media Foundation

Action

The Children's Media Foundation - engaged in the public space.

Advocacy - the CMF campaigns for range and diversity in children’s media, emphasising the need for UK- produced content, and for recognition of the uniquely important role media plays in the lives of young people, in all its forms, on all screens. The CMF lobbies proactively in Parliament and government and responds to public consultations.

Research - the CMF stimulates and supports research into children’s use of media, connecting researchers from commercial agencies, broadcasters, regulators and the academic community.

Awareness - the CMF brings reason to the public discourse on children and media. We connect academics to the media industry and to the wider public sphere to disseminate their findings, amongst parents, the press and especially politicians, through The Children's Media and Arts All-party Parliamentary Group.

Public Consultations and CMF Submissions.

2017

July

CMF Response to the Ofcom consultation on Regulating the BBC, with specific reference to quotas for content on children's services.

February

CMF response to the DCMS consultation on proposals for a Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Fund.

2016

December

CMF supplementary evidence to the House of Lords Inquiry on Children and the Internet.

November

CMF letter to Channel 5 on increasing children's commissioning budgets.

CMF Press Release on decision to run the CITV Channel without a specialist team.

October

CMF submission to the Parliamentary consultation on the Digital Economy Bill.

CMF's presentation to the 'Drawn Together' Summit in Parliament, on Children's Arts and Culture.

August

The CMF response to the House of Lords Inquiry on Children and the Internet

May

CMF supported research by Professor Jeanette Steemers (Westminster University) into contestable funds and how they operate in a variety of territories: Policy Solutions and International Perspectives on the Funding of Public Service Media Content for Children: A Report for Stakeholders.  Executive summary. Full Report.

CMF Statement in response to the government White Paper on the future of the BBC.

April

CMF Statement on Ofcom's demand that Channel 4 draw up plans to better serve the 10-14 audience.

CMF Statement on Sky's decision to commission UK children's content.

CMF submitted a response response to the House of Lords Committee on Communications Inquiry into the Sustainability of Channel 4.

February

CMF brought together a meeting of the key campaigning bodies focusing on children's content in the BBC Charter Review process.  The meeting was attended by PACT, the VLV, Animation UK and some producers.  It issued a Joint statement calling upon the BBC to protect the children's budget at 8% of overall spending (slightly higher than currently).

Subsequently CMF arranged for members of this group, and children's content producers, to meet the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, at a consultative round-table.  The meeting was dedicated to the children's issues discussed in the DCMS Green Paper and was intended to inform the preparation of the White Paper on BBC Charter Review due to be published in May 2016.

CMF Chair Anna Home's follow-up lettter to the Secretary of State neatly sums up the position we expressed in the meeting,

January

CMF contributed a children's audience focused submission to the Goldsmith's University review: 'A Future for Public Service Television’, chaired by Lord Puttnam.

2015

December

Briefed by CMF, Baroness Floella Benjamin asked the DCMS six written Parliamentary questions about the government's support for children's media as a social force, their view on market failure, on a contestable fund and whether commercial PSBs can be stimulated to commission children's content.

November

CMF Response sent to BBC Trust consultation on BBC Management proposals for Charter Review. BBC Trust"Tomorrow's BBC - Creating an Open more Distinctive BBC".

CMF met the Trust to explain our proposal that the BBC commits to increase budgets for children's and youth content over the next ten years.

October

CMF Chair, Anna Home met BBC Director General Tony Hall and has since exchanged correspondence on the need for the BBC to make a long-term commitment to more funding for its children's and youth content.

CMF Response sent to the DCMS Consultation - BBC Charter Review (responding to the government's  Green Paper proposals).

September

CMF Response sent to the BBC Charter Review Consultation, Parliamentary Select Committee on Culture Media and Sport.

CMF Response sent to the What's the BBC For? Consultation, House of Lords Select Committee on Communications.

CMF Response sent to the BBC Trust Second Consultation on Plans for BBC Three and related extension to CBBC Channel.

CMF Response sent to the BBC Trust Consultation on Tomorrow's BBC.

June

Contribution to the Broadcast magazine round-table on the state of the children's TV industry in the UK.

Participation in the "Protect the BBC" event in Parliament convened by Broadcast magazine and the Coalition of Creative Industries trades unions.

April

Briefing meeting with new Director of BBC Children's.

March

Campaign planning round table on the future of the BBC with former Heads of BBC Children's.

February

OfcomCMF Response to Ofcom consultation: Public Service Content in a Connected Society, Ofcom's 3rd Review of Public Service Broadcasting.

Associated reports: PSB Annual Report including Children's Analysis

CMF Response to Ofcom consultation on Channel 4 Corporation's delivery of its media content duties (2010 - 2013).  .

CMF Response to BBC Trust consultation on changing BBC Three to an Online service and related activities including the extension of CBBC Channel airtime to 9pm.                     

2014

December
Tax incentive letter signatories

Some of the signatories to the CMF letter to George Osborne

Letter to the Chancellor supporting the creation of a children's television tax incentive on cultural grounds - signed by over 30 figures in the arts, academia and media.

June

Appearance before  Parliamentary Select Committee for Culture Media and Sport - perspective on future of the BBC.

January

Written evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee for Culture Media and Sport for their enquiry into the Future of the BBC.

2013

November

CMF Response to the Office of Fair Trading Final Consultation on Online Games and in-app payments.

June

CMF contribution (via the All Party Parliamentary Group) to OFT Review of Free Children's Web and App-based Games.

May

CMF Response to the  BBC Trust Children's Service Review.

January

CMF Response to the BBC Trust Review of Online and Red Button Services.

2012

November

CMF response to the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee call for evidence  by Parliamentary Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport. on "Support for the Creative Economy" Inquiry.

August

Treasury: call for responses to the proposed Tax Relief scheme for the UK animation industry CMF response to the Treasury Consultation on the proposed Tax Relief Scheme for the UK Animation Industry

July

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children's Media and the Arts was asked to contribute a media perspective to The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children, on the subject of their Inquiry:  "Are children getting the opportunities they want?".  The CMF acts as secretariat for the All Party Group and composed this response.

June

CMF submission to the BFI consultation on the future of UK film Outcome: The BFI "Film Forever" plan

March

CMF response to European Commission/DCMS consultation on proposed new Creative Europe programme.

February

CMF response to Parliamentary Select Committee for Culture Media and Sport consultation on media plurality

2011

December

CMF response to BBC Trust: consultation on BBC Executive's proposals "Delivering Quality First".

November

CMF/SKTV response to Ofcom consultation on Measuring Media Plurality CMF response to Ofcom consultation on "Measuring Media Plurality".  Outcome: Ofcom report "Measuring Media Plurality".

 September

CMF response to DCMS film review to DCMS: Film Review

CMF responses to DCMS Film review questionnaire