The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

Category: CMF Newsletter

Crunch Time in Oz

It’s a crucial time for Australian screen content Following Jenny Buckland’s February CMF News article about the trials of the Australian Kids Content industry, the campaign for local content is stepping up. More than 200 of Australia’s most renowned actors, directors, screenwriters, producers and production crew – including 15 Oscar winners – have penned an open […]

Industry Policy

Research News

CMF Academic Advisory Board member LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Kjartan Ólafsson of the University of Akureyri have recently posted interesting findings from a new UK survey of parents with children aged 0-17, which feed into discussions about Internet Safety. The survey reveals parents want more protection for their teens. Further recent reports from the Parenting for a Digital Futuregroup include: In the digital home, how […]


Research Roadshow: VR+Kids

  CMF is conducting a long term research project into the viability of VR for children. Looking at the health issues, and into that is out there that works for the children;s audience. CMF Executive Group member Alison Norrington is organising 4 outreach events giving practitioners and researchers the opportunity to discuss what is known […]

Events Research

Public Service Content Funding and Advertising Bans

Just when things started looking up…   CMF lobbyist, Jayne Kirkham reports from Westminster on a new initiative with potentially damaging consequences. There has been some guarded optimism with the DDCMS’ proposed contestable fund for kids’ content due to roll out in 2019.  But just as we start to maybe think about relaxing a little, something appears in our […]

Industry Policy

Discount Tickets for CMC

  CMF supporters and patrons are entitled to a 23% discount on tickets for the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield 3 – 5 July. The discount represents a saving of £115 on the full price ticket which is tremendous value.  Use this link to register at the discounted rate. Please remember this offer is only […]


Contestable Fund

Planning for the new Contestable Fund for Public Service Content is under way, with the DDCMS and BFI meeting fortnightly to flesh out the remit and organisational structure. CMF will be meeting Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fundand responsible for the Contestable Fund planning, in June. What we know from conversations with the […]

Industry Policy

Internet Safety – from Green to White Paper

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock took to the airways on Sunday 20th May to announce his Department’s reaction to the results of their consultation on the Internet Safety Green Paper . You can read the CMF response to it here. It was clear from the consultation that users (including children) “feel powerless to address safety issues online and that technology companies operate without sufficient oversight […]


The Contestable Fund – Detailed Planning Under Way

In a recent meeting with a senior official at the Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) CMF was able to discover more detail about the plans for the new public service contestable content fund. On 30 December last year, the Department announced that the Fund would be dedicated to children’s content, and that the BFI would […]


Internet Matters

John Kent is Digital Representative on the CMF Executive Group. Here’s his take on the latest storms to hit Silicon Valley… Over the last few weeks social media – particularly Facebook – has been very much in the news. It follows an intense few months when digital platforms have been a regular source of headlines. […]

Industry Policy

Invisible Children

CMF Board member, Professor Jeanette Steemers (King’s College London), Christine Singer (King’s College London) and Professor Naomi Sakr (University of Westminster) are engaged in a long-term project studying children’s media in the Arab world. Their most recent work is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project on “Children’s Screen Content in an Era of […]

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