The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

Category: Event Reports

Children’s Media Conference Round-up

The new CMF Newsletter Editor, Diana Hinshelwood, gives a CMF perspective on the UK’s major industry gathering, The Children’s Media Conference, which took place in Sheffield, 3-5 July 2018. Although I’ve attended CMC before, this was my first conference as the new Editor for the CMF Newsletter.  My brief was to act as a ‘roving […]

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Breakdancing over Pizza

Newsletter Editor Diana Hinshelwood’s “roving reporter” role at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield had unexpected rewards from chance meetings. That’s very CMC… What if one day you woke up and found that you suddenly couldn’t see you own child?  This question prompted Nathan Geering the artistic director of the hip hop theatre company Rationale, to think about how his […]

Events Industry

Distinctiveness and the BBC

Last month, CMF Board member Jeannette Steemers and Exec Group member Ashley Woodfall attended an Ofcom seminar on the BBC and Distinctiveness. The background to this is the Government’s desire to hard-wire ‘distinctiveness’ into the Charter, with the new Royal Charter and Framework agreement having it written into the BBC’s mission, purposes and regulatory framework. […]

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Free to Air Channels – a Westminster Media Forum Event

At the June Westminster Forum on The Future of Free to Air in the UK, CMF Chair, Anna Home, spoke in the session: “What is Free to Air For?” She made the case for the vital role of free to air, in particular the PSB channels in continuing to provide varied, age appropriate, entertaining, stimulating […]

Events Industry Policy

Research Roadshow: VR+Kids

  CMF is conducting a long term research project into the viability of VR for children. Looking at the health issues, and into that is out there that works for the children;s audience. CMF Executive Group member Alison Norrington is organising 4 outreach events giving practitioners and researchers the opportunity to discuss what is known […]

Events Research

APPG Event – The Future of Children’s Television

Consultation Response Ofcom Children’s Review 2018 and PSB regulation final The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and the Arts joined with the International Broadcasting Trust for an event in Westminster On 16th May 2018, Julie Elliott MP, Co-Chair of the APPG for Children’s Media and the Arts, hosted a reception and debate in the […]

Events Industry Policy

Event Report: A New Chapter in Regulation?

On 24th January 2018 the Children’s Media Foundation hosted an open event to discuss the Ofcom Children’s Content Review and plans for regulating the commercial public service broadcasters – ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.  As there was an announcement on December 30th that the new  Contestable Fund would now be dedicated to children’s content, that inevitably also featured […]

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