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CMF Taking Action

Summaries of two recent CMF press releases reveal our latest campaign activity. You can keep up-to-date with the CMF’s work by visiting the ‘Action’page on our website.  Statement on Proposed Changes to CITV On 29th November 2016 the CMF released a statement in response to ITV’s decision to remove the dedicated CITV Commissioner and fold acquisition and commissioning decisions in to […]

Ofcom Research on Children’s Media Habits and the Dangers of Calling TV, ‘TV’.

November saw the launch of Ofcom’s annual report on Children’s and Parents’ Media Use and Attitudes – a statistical snapshot of who is watching what, when they are watching, and for how long. The report offers more than just viewing statistics, however, and paints a detailed picture of families’ media habits and attitudes. Ashley Woodfall and Colin Ward, Editors […]

The CMF and The Digital Economy Bill

Jayne Kirkham reports on the Digital Economy Bill progressing to the House of Lords, and CMF engagement with it.  If you have been following the progress of the Digital Economy Bill you will know that prior to it moving to the House of Lords for further scrutiny and debate, the Government introduced some amendments regarding online safety. One proposal will […]

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know…

But we may be getting closer… Colin Ward discusses the last CMF Academic Advisory Board meeting, the CMF Research blog, and the importance of having an interdisciplinary community dedicated to children’s media.  When I worked as a children’s TV producer for Citv and the BBC, I had my head down in my work, beavering away at a laptop or in […]

The Children’s Media Yearbook 2017 

The Children’s Media Yearbook is turning five next year and we’re looking for sponsors to lend their support to the 2017 issue.  The yearbook is the go-to reference for everything that matters in and around kids’ media in the UK. It’s packed with articles from every perspective on children’s content and is a great way […]

Frank Cottrell Boyce on “Wrestling the Great Questions” for Kids

Every year, the Sandford St Martin Trust gives out approximately £10,000 in prize money as part of its broadcasting awards competition for programmes exploring religious, ethical or spiritual themes. Its Children’s Broadcasting Award is aimed particularly at celebrating broadcast content aimed at under 18s which improves children’s or young people’s understanding of religion and/or introduces […]

Event Report – The BBC White Paper and the Future of UK Children’s Content

By John Kent, CMF Events Co-ordinator If you’ve dived in and read the government’s recent White Paper on the future of the BBC’ you’ll know it’s a weighty tome. If you haven’t, then the summary is that there have been four main areas of discussion in recent weeks the governance of the BBC the drive […]

Contestable Funds

By Professor Jeanette Steemers,Westminster University and CMF Academic Advisory Board For those who couldn’t make the Westminster event Professor Jeanette Streemers shares her research on how contestable funds work around the world Our new report ‘Policy Solutions and International Perspectives on the Funding of Public Service Media Content for Children’ highlights the challenges of funding home-grown […]

The CMF Yearbook – Making it Happen

By Terri Langan, Yearbook Editor All of the articles are now in and the Yearbook goes to press in time for CMC The theme of the Children’s Media Conference this year is ‘Making It Happen’. The Yearbook picks this up, and for the first time reflects much of the content planned for the CMC. So if you’ve ever struggled for inspiration, then the new […]

CMF @ CMC. Save £100+

As a supporting organisation the CMF has a discount worth £105 off the price of registration for the Children’s Media Conference (5th – 7th July, in Sheffield) CMC is acknowledged as the leading children’s media event for insights, content and networking. Over 1,100 people from every part of the kids’ media industry attend in Sheffield. We have […]

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