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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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YAC Fund Decision – Political Background

  CMF Director Greg Childs outlines the political background to the Young Audiences Content Fund and initial lobbying by the campaign coalition. Despite the “hidden” announcement about the closure of  the Young Audiences Content Fund in January, political activity has been ramping up. The campaign group has communicated its concerns to The Secretary of State and the DCMS Minister for Media Julia […]

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Fun and Games: Exploring Respect and Relationships on Safer Internet Day

  Tuesday 8 February 2022 was Safer Internet Day. CMF Exec Group member Cecilia Weiss attended the core event Safer Internet Day first started as an initiative of the EU Safe Borders project in 2004. It’s now held across 200 countries. In the UK, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, made […]

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“Street Gang” Tells Us How We Got To “Sesame Street”

Long-time CMF supporter and member of the Foundation’s Academic Advisory Board, David Kleeman, SVP Global Trends at Dubit Ltd, looks at the origins and enduring value of “Sesame Street” through the lens of a new documentary on how it all started 52 years ago. “Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street” is available to […]

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Young Audiences Content Fund Closure – CMF Reaction

The Children’s Media Foundation released the following statement as a response to the announcement on 21 January 2022, of the closure the Young Audiences Content Fund. The Children’s Media Foundation reacted today to the decision by the government not to continue the Young Audiences Content Fund beyond its three-year pilot stage.  No further funding will be available after February […]

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BBC Gets Animated

The new Director of BBC Children’s and Education has announced an animation-centric strategy to attempt to recapture the audience lost to streaming services and other competitors.  CMF asks how this might affect the future of public service content for kids in the UK… Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education outlined her strategy in her Keynote at […]

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10 years of Celebrating (and fighting for) Children’s Arts and Media

60 children’s specialists from across the creative industries gathered in the House of Lords on 25 November 2021 as guests of Baroness Floella Benjamin to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and the Arts.   Guests included Sir Tony Robinson, Julian Lloyd-Webber, BBC Director of Children’s and Education, […]

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Children’s Diversity and Representation – Not Just Skin Deep

Marcus Ryder is a journalist with over 25 years of experience, including 10 at senior management level. He is currently Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity at Birmingham City University. This article was commissioned by the Children’s Media Foundation and published in the Children’s Media Yearbook 2021. A few […]

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