The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

APPG 2016-17

In 2016-17 the APPG was co-chaired by Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham and Conor Burns MP (Bournemouth West - Conservative), with Vice Chairs, Andrew Rosindell MP (Romford - Conservative), John Nicolson MP (East Dunbartonshire - SNP), Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall (Labour) and Lord Storey (Lib/Dem).

Despite the upheavals caused by general elections and referenda of 2016 and 2017, the Group has continued to make significant contributions to debates and policies, raising awareness of children’s media and cultural issues in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, resulting in, amongst other things:

A successful amendment to the Digital Economy Bill to introduce Age Verification to commercial online pornography sites.

A successful amendment to the Digital Economy Bill giving Ofcom the power to urge commercial public service broadcasters to commission more children’s television content.

Working with other All Party Parliamentary Groups in the Drawn Together campaign, raising awareness of the importance of the arts in formal education.

Presentation by the Clerk to the APPG  to the 'Drawn Together' Summit in Parliament on Children's Arts and Culture - 11 October 2016