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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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CMF Fights Privatisation of Channel 4

With the arrival of Nadine Dorries (of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…’ fame) as the new Secretary of State at the DCMS, the plan to privatise Channel 4 is still very much on the government agenda – despite a huge range of expert individuals, trade unions and industry bodies lining up against the proposals. This includes […]

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Young Audiences Content Fund Under Review

Prof. Jeanette Steemers, CMF Board member and chair of the Young Audiences Content Fund Steering Committee, reminds us that the time has come for government decisions about the future life of the fund now that the three-year pilot is coming to a close. The Children’s Media Foundation has always been supportive of the Young Audiences […]

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Age Appropriate Design Code – At Last!

This week the UK took an important step forward in protecting children in the digital world as it fully adopted the Children’s Code. The Code, formerly known as the Age Appropriate Design Code, has been developed by the Information Commissioner in consultation with many interested groups, including the CMF. The Code includes 15 principles and […]

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Consultations 2021 and Beyond

CMF is facing one of its busiest periods, as it reacts and responds to a variety of public consultations connected with the future of media in the UK and in particular how public service content will be funded and delivered. Well-armed with ideas generated by the CMF Report: Our Children’s Future: Does Public Service Media […]

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Theresa Plummer Andrews

Anna Home, Chair of the Children’s Media Foundation, remembers Theresa Plummer Andrews. Theresa Plummer Andrews (known as Trees or Plum) who sadly died aged 77 on 31st August was one of the greats of the children’s animation world. She was a relatively late-comer to children’s TV. I first met her in 1981 in the  London offices […]

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