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Whatever Happened To The Online Harms Bill?

  By Colin Ward, Jayne Kirkham and John Kent CMF Executive Group  ‘The Online Harms What?’  Caught in the middle of a pandemic and Britain’s ongoing divorce from Europe, it is not surprising that a piece of media-related legislation might be lost in the quagmire of more important and pressing matters in British politics.  But […]

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Sandford St Martin Awards 2021

Announcing the new Sandford St Martin “Broadcasting in the Time of Corona” Awards. Reflecting the exceptional work and innovation of broadcasters and content-makers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sandford St Martin Awards are launching two new awards for 2021. Entries and nominations are now being invited for the Trustees’ Corona Content Award for broadcast programmes or reports […]

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It’s Only Panto! “Oh No It Isn’t”

  By Jez Edwards Actor and Children’s Presenter   I was completely unaware whilst I was sat watching a summer show in Blackpool or a Panto in Manchester that my destiny was being mapped out.  Years later when I got my first break in TV my agent asked what I would like him to concentrate […]

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Creativity Is Magic And Magic Is For Everyone

  By Cressida Cowell Children’s Author and Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate   I have spent twenty years writing for children, and over those twenty years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ as if writing for children was some sort of second best activity, […]

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Remember Remember: The 20th November

  By Jayne Kirkham Writer and CMF Board Member Did you know World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November each year? Me neither.  Last year’s World Children’s Day was particularly special because it marked the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). What is the UNCRC?  It’s […]

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Small Screen Big Debate

Small Screen, Big Debate   By Jayne Kirkham, Writer, Clerk to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Media and the Arts, and CMF Board Member Small Screen: Big Debate 2020, Ofcom’s virtual conference on Public Service Broadcasting, ran across three days of pre-recorded panel discussions and interviews, plus a live debate, during which Ofcom […]

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Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Media: Where Are We Now?

  By Olivia Dickinson Digital Consultant and Diversity and Inclusion Representative – CMF Executive Group Seven years ago, back in November 2013, I produced one of the Children’s Media Foundation’s first live events. Those were the days where you could come along in person to drink some warm white wine, listen to panellists and have […]

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YouTube: A Children’s Public Service Content Platform?

By Colin Ward Deputy Director Children’s Media Foundation   In recent weeks we have seen something of a charm offensive from YouTube. Ben McOwen Wilson, MD of YouTube UK and Ireland, suggested in a recent interview with The Guardian that it is time we reframed the way the platform is perceived, with greater acknowledgement of […]

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Regulating the VSPs – YouTube and TikTok Under Scrutiny?

The Government has proposed that Ofcom take responsibility for the regulation of Video Sharing Platforms (VSPs) based in the UK – such as TikTok.  Ofcom issued a call for evidence – or a public consultation – on the proposal.   This action is to bring the UK into line with a European directive – the AVMSD. The government proposal is […]

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Play And The Art of Playful Communication

Ash Perrin CEO The Flying Seagull Project     Dedicated to Sir Ken Robinson for his shining light of inspiration and willingness to challenge the norm. Let’s start from absolute Square 1.  What is play? Play is the indigenous language of the child, and it is the simplest language there is. It demands total revelation, […]

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