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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 […]

CMF Updates Policy

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 […]

CMF Updates

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 […]

CMF Updates Events Industry Policy

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 […]

CMF Updates Events Industry

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 […]

Industry Policy

Draft Media Bill Update

Audience advocates such as CMF and the Voice of the Listener and Viewer have reacted positively to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s report on the Government’s Draft Media Bill.  Having scrutinized the Bill in detail and taken evidence from many organisations and individuals, the Select Committee found it lacked teeth on the subject […]

Industry Policy

Online Safety Bill Becomes Law

Finally, after six long years, the Online Safety Bill is ready for Royal Assent.  It was first mooted as the “Online Harms” White Paper (in 2019) with the Government committing to “make Britain the safest place to be online, particularly for children”. It has been and remains controversial: with child protection agencies demanding that the […]

Industry Policy

CMF Industry Chat 1

The first CMF Virtual Industry Chat got us off to a great start in helping the CMF Exec and Board understand what’s going on in the UK kids media supply industries.  A dozen people from the widest parts of the industry got together for an hour on the 26th May for a ‘Digital Coffee Morning’. […]

CMF Updates Events Industry

Building the Metaverse Via Metaphor

In the fervour to imagine immersive worlds where we can be and do anything, David Kleeman (Senior Vice President of Global Trends for strategy/research consultancy and digital studio, Dubit) asks if the big tech companies have focused too much on the future and not enough on the ‘now’. In recent weeks, a number of big tech […]

Industry Research

Joining the Children’s Media Foundation – Japhet Asher

New CMF executive committee member Japhet Asher brings a wealth of digital experience to the team. Here he explains why he wants to be involved. I’m really pleased to be joining the executive committee at the Children’s Media Foundation to support digital and innovation activity. It’s a critical time for children’s media in the UK, […]

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