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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

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

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

APPG Event – The Future of Children’s Television

Consultation Response Ofcom Children’s Review 2018 and PSB regulation final The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and the Arts joined with the International Broadcasting Trust for an event in Westminster On 16th May 2018, Julie Elliott MP, Co-Chair of the APPG for Children’s Media and the Arts, hosted a reception and debate in the […]

Events Industry Policy

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 […]

Events Industry Policy Research

Event Report: A New Chapter in Regulation?

On 24th January 2018 the Children’s Media Foundation hosted an open event to discuss the Ofcom Children’s Content Review and plans for regulating the commercial public service broadcasters – ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.  As there was an announcement on December 30th that the new  Contestable Fund would now be dedicated to children’s content, that inevitably also featured […]

Events Industry Policy

Australian Content Under Threat

2018 is shaping up to be a critical year for Australian children’s television. Jenny  Buckland, CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation explains why… Australia used to be a bit of an exemplar in how to support locally produced children’s television. Our support system – which started with children’s drama quotas and other regulations on commercial […]

Industry Policy

A New Chapter in Regulation?

CMF Evening Event Date changed to 24 January 6 – 8.30 pm (including drinks reception) Venue: Lewis Silkin Llp, 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford’s Inn Passage, London EC4A 1BL Tickets: £10 – free to all CMF Supporters and patrons Following Baroness Benjamin’s success in amending the Digital Economy Act which empowers Ofcom to regulate for more kids’ content on the three […]

Events Industry Policy

The 2018 Sandford Awards Now Open for Entries

The Sandford St Martin Trust is calling for entries to the UK’s most prestigious broadcasting awards for radio/audio, TV and online content exploring religious, spiritual or ethical themes, in what will be its 40th anniversary year. Eligible programmes must have been first broadcast during 2017 and have been available to general UK audiences. Applications are […]


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