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CMF@CMC’24 : AI and Kids – Talk to the Bot

CMF is engaged with the Alan Turing Institute and others in exploring the ethical issues around how children interact with AI. At the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield (9-11th July 2024) CMF’s Nikki Stearman produced a session to inform delegates about the dates ideas and issues. She reports here on the session examining the impact of […]

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CMF at CMC ’24: the Debate -YouTube or Bust?

Last year’s CMC Debate led to the Children’s Media Summit which made it clear, the children’s media industry needs to be where the children are.  A few months down the line, what does that mean in practice. Deputy Director of the CMF, Colin Ward, reports back on the debate that asked: “YouTube or Bust?” Let’s […]

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CMF@CMC’24: Question Time

The Children’s Media Conference 2024 opened its first full day with Question Time, produced as usual by CMF. The largest cinema at Sheffield’s Showroom was packed, with an overspill to the room next door, as delegates wanted to see and hear a panel of senior industry figures discuss questions about the most pressing issues for […]

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Kay Benbow 1961-2024

On behalf of the Children’s Media Foundation, Alison Stewart pays tribute to a very dear friend. It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of the death of Kay Benbow, who passed away on Sunday 24th March after a short but fierce illness. The industry reacted with tributes across national and social media. […]

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Dr Gregory Boardman, CMF Executive Member and producer, has written a detailed note on the discussions at the Children’s Media Summit on the 28th February 2024. For those involved in conversations behind the scenes, and the pre-summit discussions, it was probably something of a relief to see Nigel Pickard take to the stage at BFI […]

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Game-Changing Speech Reflects Realities of Kids’ Media

CMF’s concerns about the shortcomings of the Media Bill currently being debated in Parliament were brought into the public eye on 21st November 2023 during a speech on the Second Reading of the Bill by the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Thangam Debbonnaire MP. The Labour spokesperson was broadly supportive of […]

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Laura Henry-Allain MBE Joins the Board

Long-term supporter of the Children’s Media Foundation, Laura Henry-Allain explains why now is a good time to get involved. I am hugely honoured to be asked to join the board of the Children’s Media Foundation (CMF). I’ve been a patron of CMF for a few years as well as contributing to some of their other […]

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Children’s Media Summit Progress

The latest news on the planned Summit for Children’s Media – promised by CMF in September – is that the initial consultative process is completed.  It was a unique coming-together of stakeholders with perspectives on the state of the industry and its relationship with the audience. After 9 hours of meetings brilliantly chaired by Emma […]

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CMF Virtual Coffee Mornings (and Evenings)

  CMF Executive member for Industry Liaison Martin Franks savours the satisfying aroma of the CMF’s Industry Virtual Coffee Mornings We’ve now had four Industry Liaison Zoom Coffee Mornings (or Evenings – bring your own coffee….) They started in June with Jocelyn Stevenson and Anne Brogan, then July with Kay Benbow and Mikael Shields, all […]

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King’s Speech – Nov 7th 2023

On November 7th the King announced the Parliamentary timetable for the next session and the Media Bill is part of that programme. The government hopes that, having removed its proposal to privatise Channel 4, passage of the Bill will be relatively uncontroversial. However, a coalition of audience-focused bodies which includes the Children’s Media Foundation, has […]

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