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Reflecting the Refugee Experience

Children’s Screen Content in an Era of forced Migration – Creating Arab-European Dialogue.  Jeanette Steemers, Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College, London and CMF Board Member has been co-directing a research project into how growing numbers of displaced children create a need for content reflecting their issues. Children from Arab countries constitute a growing media audience in […]

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Not Just About Managing

A Review of a new book by Lewis Rudd, Controller of Children’s TV for Central Television in the UK from 1981-1994. By Anna Home OBE, Chair, Children’s Media Foundation Board This is a series of short reminiscent essays about a long career in ITV spent mainly in Children’s Television. Over the years Lewis worked across the spectrum […]


Monica Sims

By Anna Home OBE Chair, Children’s Media Foundation Board   Monica Sims who died recently, aged 93, played an important part in the history of Children’s TV in the UK. Having been Editor of Woman’s Hour in Radio she moved to BBC Television Centre in 1967 to run the newly reinstated Children’s Department.  For some years there […]


Let Toys Be Toys for Girls and Boys

By Olivia Dickinson Children’s Media Professional and CMF Executive Group Member   The Let Toys Be Toys campaign has been going for 6 years – it started on a thread on Mumsnet in late 2012 in the run up to Christmas shopping – and in that first year had huge success with shops taking down […]

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Hope Works

HOPE WORKS  Alison Stewart, Children’s Media Consultant,  Co-Founder Hope Works and CMF Supporter.   IT ALL STARTED AT CMC The Hope Works project launched globally this November.  A set of short films with additional learning resources aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 12 and their families, designed to promote the values of […]


Christmas Cracker

A Bargain Stocking Filler for all Ages The new Children’s Film Foundation Bumper Box Set contains nine films ranging in date from 1956 to 1984 plus some animal acting highlights, and some documentary material on the history of the Foundation. The CFF was a not for profit company founded in 1950 by J Arthur Rank, supported by […]


Policy Round-Up

CMF Director Greg Childs sent this presentation to the Screen Producers of Australia 20th November Screen Forever Conference. It outlines the key UK policy initiatives in the kids’ media sector. You can watch the entire presentation here: Our perspective at the Children’s Media Foundation is audience advocacy. But in pursuing that we believe in, and campaign […]

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Self Regulation For The Digital Age

How should the CMF respond to Michael Rosen’s call for self-regulation? By Colin Ward, Deputy Director, The Children’s Media Foundation Colin Ward is a children’s media writer and producer. He started working in children’s TV for Yorkshire Television and won a BAFTA for ‘The Scoop’ before joining Granada Kids to produce the BAFTA nominated gameshow ‘Jungle Run’. He […]

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Contestable Fund – Less than 6 Months to Go

CMF Director, Greg Childs reports on progress with planning for the new government funding initiative. On 19 October the DCMS handed over responsibility to the BFI for the fine tuning of what they are now calling the “Young Audiences Content Fund”. The BFI are the body that will operate  the fund when it goes live. […]

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All Parties Together

Jayne Kirkham, CMF Exec Group and Board member, is also Clerk to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Media and the Arts. Here she reports on the APPG meeting which took place on 24th October. You’d expect all parties at Westminster at an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting. After all, that’s the point – […]

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