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More Money for BBC Children’s – The TV Industry Perspective

Martin Franks discusses the BBC’s increased investment in Children’s and Youth content and the ramifications this could  have on the UK supply chain.  We are experiencing a period of interesting change in the UK children’s media scene, after years of what appeared to be a state of ‘bumping along the bottom’ that followed the major events ten years ago, as ITV departed […]

Events Industry

The Trouble With “Screen Time Rules”

CMC Academic Advisory Board member Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross of the London School of Economics discuss the wide range of advice given to parents about monitoring screen time.  How much is too much when it comes to “screen time”? Sonia and Alicia round-up the advice that is being given to parents about screen time rules, where […]


In Memoriam: Brian Cant

Anna Home OBE, Chair of the Children’s Media Foundation and a researcher for Play School (1964), commemorates the life and talent of Brian Cant (1933 – 2017). Brian Cant, who died in June, aged 83, will always be remembered as the face of Play School. He was part of the original presenting team in April […]


Call for Abstracts: Children’s Global Media Summit

Do you have some research you would like to present at CGMS 2017? The call for abstracts is now open! The Children’s Global Media Summit, CGMS 2017 is looking for outstanding and insightful research submissions for the conference, taking place in Manchester on the 5-7th December 2017. For more information on how to submit, please […]

Events Research

Introducing Olivia Dickinson to the CMF

Olivia Dickinson joins the Children’s Media Foundation Executive Committee as our new Events Manager.  Olivia has over 15 years’ experience in children’s and educational digital media, across Amazon, the BBC, Nickelodeon, Hopster, Discovery Education and Sky Kids. Specialising for a while in pre-school and early years, including an MA in Early Childhood, she now freelances […]

CMF Updates

Yearbook Now on Sale

The 2017 edition of the children’s Media Yearbook is available now. Published by CMF, this fifth Yearbook is packed with articles on the way children watch, the latest trends in content, research outcomes, policy discussions and news of success and innovation in every field of children’s media. It’s available to download (cost: £7.95), or in hard copy which delivers with in […]

CMF Updates Policy Research

CMC Keynote Speakers: Alice Webb and James Purnell

We are excited to announce that taking the stage at the Crucible Theatre this year will be children’s industry leaders Alice Webb, Director BBC Children’s & BBC North, and, for the first time at the CMC, James Purnell former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and now Director BBC Radio & Education.


CMC Spotlight: Policy Sessions

Taking place throughout the conference, these sessions will tackle dynamic and pressing policy issues. In addition, a range of sessions will discuss the types of content the CMF takes a strong interest in, such as promoting empathy and empowering marginalised children. Here’s a sneak peak of the policy sessions to get you excited for what’s to come: Can […]

Events Policy

LitFilmFest 2017

The first ever LitFilmFest, powered by A Tale Unfolds, will take place on Monday 19th June at London’s BFI IMAX cinema, the biggest cinema screen in Britain. 1600 primary school kids and their teachers will be celebrating traditional and digital literacy through film-making. Every film screened on the day has been written and filmed by […]


CMC Spotlight: Research Sessions

On Wednesday, July 5th 2017, the CMC will be hosting 9 diverse research sessions each led by industry experts. They will all be repeated on Thursday July 6th. Below is a sneak peek of these research sessions: How Open is Children’s Definition of TV?  The evolving nature of children’s television viewing; how open is their definition of TV? […]

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