The Children's Media Foundation - engaged in the public space.
We react to issues in the press and respond to consultations held by regulatory bodies, Parliament and the Government. We emphasise the positive effects of media made for children, and offer a measured approach to the issues as they arise. Where possible, we encourage the press, policy-makers and politicians to consider evidence from existing research. We will also stimulate research by partnering with academic and commercial research partners. We connect academics to the media industry and to the wider public sphere to disseminate their findings - especially to parents, the press and politicians, through our Parliamentary activities.
Public Consultations and CMF Submissions.
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.
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.
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 on Sky's decision to commission UK children's content.
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,
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.
CMF Response sent to BBC Trust consultation on BBC Management proposals for Charter Review. "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.
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 BBC Trust Second Consultation on Plans for BBC Three and related extension to CBBC Channel.
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.
Briefing meeting with new Director of BBC Children's.
Campaign planning round table on the future of the BBC with former Heads of BBC Children's.
CMF Response to Ofcom consultation on Channel 4 Corporation's delivery of its media content duties (2010 - 2013). .
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.
Appearance before Parliamentary Select Committee for Culture Media and Sport - perspective on future of the BBC.
Written evidence to Parliamentary Select Committee for Culture Media and Sport for their enquiry into the Future of the BBC.
CMF Response to the Office of Fair Trading Final Consultation on Online Games and in-app payments.
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.
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.
CMF response to European Commission/DCMS consultation on proposed new Creative Europe programme.
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".
CMF responses to DCMS Film review questionnaire