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Broadcast 2040 – Protecting an Invaluable Asset for Children and Young People

  Laurie Patten, Director of Strategy and Regulation at Arqiva, describes the advance work being put in to protect the broadcast spectrum for services which have broad public support. Particularly for the children’s services they provide.   Broadcast is an enormously valued asset for children For all the new ways of watching content like streaming, broadcast services […]

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How Toddlers Learn the Secret Language of Movies

CMF Supporter Cary Bazalgette’s new book, How Toddlers Learn the Secret Language of Movies (Palgrave Macmillan) takes a radically new approach to the well-worn topic of children’s relationship with the media. It refocuses on the learning processes that children go through in order to understand what they are watching on televisions, phones, or iPads. The book offers unique insights […]

Research

Bernard Cribbins OBE

Chair of the Children’s Media Foundation, Anna Home, pays tribute to Bernard Cribbins whom she produced for the iconic ‘Jackanory’ programme at the BBC. Bernard Cribbins, who sadly died last week aged 93, had a remarkable career on stage, in film, and on TV where, as well as appearing in many series ranging from ‘Dr Who’ to […]

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Latest Activity on the Online Safety Bill

Arietta Valmas from 5Rights outlines the political activity around the coalition’s amendment package prior to the Conservative Party leadership contest and Parliamentary recess.  5Rights Foundation is coordinating the activity of a broad coalition that has developed a strong package of amendments to the Online Safety Bill. The coalition has written to the Secretary of State urging the government to adopt all […]

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The Children’s Media Foundation Launches its Annual Yearbook as the Industry Faces an Uncertain Future

Monday 4th July 2022 – Against the backdrop of significant change in children’s media, the Children’s Media Foundation (CMF) is today launching its annual Yearbook at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield.  A unique publication in its field, the Children’s Media Yearbook edited by Hannie Kirkham, Research Manager, Oriel Square and Dr Ashley Woodfall, Senior […]

Yearbook 2022: Industry Under Pressure – Audience Under Threat

Anna Home, OBE. Chair of the Children’s Media Foundation lays out the issues facing the chidlren’s media industry and audience in 2022 in this introduction o the Children’s Media Yearbook. In my article for last year’s Yearbook I ended on an optimistic note. The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) was clearly making good progress despite production […]

Yearbook 2022 Preview: Can We Help Our Children Save The Planet?

Gary Pope, CEO of KI and Children’s Ambassador for Products of Change wrote this article for the Chidren’s Media Yearbook 2022. We’re in trouble. All of us. In fact, unless we halve our carbon emissions by 2025, irreparable damage will be done. Actually, it’s not all of us, is it? It’s just those of us […]

Ofcom Decides CBBC Quota

On 19 May Ofcom announced that it was approving a BBC proposal to decrease the required amount of “original programming” on CBBC channel from 72% to 66% this year and next, and 68% thereafter. This is apparently needed so BBC Children’s can operate a new strategy to increase animation commissioning for the channel. Part of the funding to […]

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Meeting the Minister

CMF Director Greg Childs reports on a meeting with the DCMS Minister for Media and the Creative Industries. CMF followed up on the request made by the Young Audiences Content Fund campaign group for a meeting with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, by meeting Julia Lopez MP – Minister for Media and the […]

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The Young Audiences Content Fund in Parliament

  CMF political liaison representative and clerk to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Media and the Arts, Jayne Kirkham, reports on the latest activity in Parliament associated with the campaign to save the Young Audiences Content Fund from closure. Since it was announced (rather quietly over a weekend in January) that the Young […]

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