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The Contestable Fund – Detailed Planning Under Way

In a recent meeting with a senior official at the Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) CMF was able to discover more detail about the plans for the new public service contestable content fund. On 30 December last year, the Department announced that the Fund would be dedicated to children’s content, and that the BFI would […]

Industry Policy

Protecting the Next Generation of Women

Research agency Razor Kids shared a preview with CMF of research they’ve been conducting around girls and their aspirations and self image, The 8th March was International Women’s Day and this month Razor Kids are addressing the issues facing the next generation of young women, and the need to better protect them. We recently spoke […]


Ofcom Children’s Review – CMF Submission

Ofcom is reviewing the state of children’s media in the UK. 10 years on from their 2007 Review which produced the first startling evidence of market failure in children’s content provision and the collapse of commissioning at the recently unregulated commercial public service broadcasters, Ofcom is returning to the topic to ascertain what form regulation should […]


Common Sense?

CMF Academic Advisory Board member, David Kleeman has written a blog for Kidscreen magazine about the recent Common Sense Media and Center for Humane Technology initiative to create a Roadmap for Kids’ Digital Well Being. He expresses concerns about the way in which the issues were framed at an event associated with the launch and asks whether focusing almost entirely […]

Policy Research

Children’s Media Yearbook

The Yearbook will return in July 2018 and Editor Terri Langan is looking for content. Contact her with your proposals: Meanwhile you can buy the 2017 Children’s Media Yearbook for £10 + p&p, or the digital download for £7.95. These versions are free to CMF  patrons and supporters. Donate and join here. We have two […]

CMF Updates

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 […]

Events Industry Policy

Australian Content Under Threat

2018 is shaping up to be a critical year for Australian children’s television. Jenny  Buckland, CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation explains why… Australia used to be a bit of an exemplar in how to support locally produced children’s television. Our support system – which started with children’s drama quotas and other regulations on commercial […]

Industry Policy

A Christmas bonus for kids’ TV

This article was first published in Broadcast magazine on 10 January 2018 “Focusing contestable fund on the genre is a step in the right direction”, says Greg Childs That the government is focusing its contestable fund proposal on children’s content, rather than spreading it across several underserved genres, is more than a Christmas bonus for […]

Contestable Fund Comes to Kids

On December 30th 2017 the government announced its decisions on the Contestable Content Fund.  Following intense lobbying by the Children’s Media Foundation and other campaign organisations, it was decided not to split the £20m a year Fund across several different genres as originally suggested, but to dedicate it to children’s content.  This is the culmination […]

CGMS – You Can’t Be What You Cant See.

 Kathy Loizou, Director of the Children’s Media Conference, made these observations at the Children’s Global Media Summit 2017 in Manchester CGMS Session: You can’t be what you cant see. Tuesday  5th December. Aaron Haroon Rashid created ‘Burka Avenger’. it’s one of the few animations or kids’ shows made in Pakistan. Also dubbed in Afghanistan India […]

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