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Joe Godwin Joins the Board

Long term supporter of CMF Joe Godwin explains why now is the right time to get more involved. I’m really pleased to have joined the board of CMF. I’ve supported the Foundation for many years, as a lifetime patron and attendee at events. But my work at the BBC meant it was hard for me […]

CMF Updates

APPG Meets the PSBs

CMF acts as the “clerk” to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Media and the Arts, which we co-founded with Action for Children’s Arts over ten years ago. An APPG is a cross-party grouping of MPs and peers interested in a particular issue or set of issues – who want to hear the latest […]

Events Industry Policy

The CMF Research Strategy – Listening to Kids

  Children’s Media Foundation Deputy Director, Colin Ward, outlines the strategy for the CMF research programme, “Listening to Kids” What Do Children Need From Their Media Experiences?  If a researcher asked me what sort of media content I wanted I’d probably ask for more high-quality adaptations of John le Carré, because he’s one of my favourite writers. […]

CMF Updates Research

The UK Children’s Media Plan

  CMF Executive Group member Greg Boardman describes the first steps in the creation of the campaign organisation mentioned briefly in CMF’s September Newsletter. The UK Children’s Media Plan: Securing and empowering British children’s content for the next generation One of the best features of The Children’s Media Conference is that it provides the kids’ industry with opportunities […]

Industry Policy Research

TikTok, FOMO and New Routes to Connect with Young People

David Kleeman is a strategist, analyst, author and speaker, and has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, child-friendly practices for 35+ years.  David is SVP of Global Trends for strategy/research consultancy and digital studio Dubit, He recently attended Cinekid for Professionals in Amsterdam. This article was inspired by some of the children’s content makers […]

Industry Research

Is Anyone Listening?

  Greg Childs, Director of CMF, assesses the current issues facing children’s media makers and the young audience.  Huge plans for change are under discussion – but are any of the responsible parties listening to the many advocates for young people – or to the young people themselves?  The Coroner’s verdict in the Molly Russell Inquest was […]

CMF Updates Events Industry Policy Research

Broadcast 2040 – Protecting an Invaluable Asset for Children and Young People

CMF has responded to the Ofcom consultation on the decisions to be taken at the World Radiocommunications Conference  2023. You can read our response expressing concerns about the loss of TV through an aerial – for many less well-off households and the children who live in them. Laurie Patten, Director of Strategy and Regulation at Arqiva, describes below […]

Industry Policy

How Toddlers Learn the Secret Language of Movies

CMF Supporter Cary Bazalgette’s new book, How Toddlers Learn the Secret Language of Movies (Palgrave Macmillan) takes a radically new approach to the well-worn topic of children’s relationship with the media. It refocuses on the learning processes that children go through in order to understand what they are watching on televisions, phones, or iPads. The book offers unique insights […]

Research

Bernard Cribbins OBE

Chair of the Children’s Media Foundation, Anna Home, pays tribute to Bernard Cribbins whom she produced for the iconic ‘Jackanory’ programme at the BBC. Bernard Cribbins, who sadly died last week aged 93, had a remarkable career on stage, in film, and on TV where, as well as appearing in many series ranging from ‘Dr Who’ to […]

CMF Updates Industry

Latest Activity on the Online Safety Bill

Arietta Valmas from 5Rights outlines the political activity around the coalition’s amendment package prior to the Conservative Party leadership contest and Parliamentary recess.  5Rights Foundation is coordinating the activity of a broad coalition that has developed a strong package of amendments to the Online Safety Bill. The coalition has written to the Secretary of State urging the government to adopt all […]

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