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APPG Meeting – 5th September 2023

Brief digest of the topic discussed at 5th September 2023 APPG Meeting The first of this session’s Children’s Media and the Arts APPG meetings took place on the 5th September – the day after Parliament returned from the summer recess. Chaired by Baroness Benjamin, this third in a series of meetings to inform Parliamentarians about […]

Chris Jarvis – The Presenter’s View

CMF Lifetime Patron Chris Jarvis with a presenter perspective on why media for children really matter… My childhood was made all the more marvellous by the plethora of great children’s TV programmes around at the time. So many fabulous shows crammed into 90 minutes – all in exciting new colour. I adored them all and […]

Sleepwalking into the Future

Anna Home OBE, Chair, The Media Foundation and Greg Childs OBE, Director, The Children’s Media Foundation, wrote this introductory article to the Children’s Media Yearbook 2023 Time For Radical Solutions? For the Children’s Media Foundation (CMF), this year has been dominated by our increasing concern over the long-term future of public service media (PSM) for […]

CMF Updates Industry Policy

Get In Get On

Children’s Media Foundation Executive Committee Member Olivia Dickinson discusses Diversity and Inclusion at the Children’s Media Conference At the Children’s Media Conference, we have had an ‘Inclusivity Working Group’ since 2020. I lead the group for now, despite being middle-aged, middle class and white, and have made sure we have a range of different people […]

CMF Updates Events

CMF Industry Chat 1

The first CMF Virtual Industry Chat got us off to a great start in helping the CMF Exec and Board understand what’s going on in the UK kids media supply industries.  A dozen people from the widest parts of the industry got together for an hour on the 26th May for a ‘Digital Coffee Morning’. […]

CMF Updates Events Industry

Building the Metaverse Via Metaphor

In the fervour to imagine immersive worlds where we can be and do anything, David Kleeman (Senior Vice President of Global Trends for strategy/research consultancy and digital studio, Dubit) asks if the big tech companies have focused too much on the future and not enough on the ‘now’. In recent weeks, a number of big tech […]

Industry Research

Joining the Children’s Media Foundation – Japhet Asher

New CMF executive committee member Japhet Asher brings a wealth of digital experience to the team. Here he explains why he wants to be involved. I’m really pleased to be joining the executive committee at the Children’s Media Foundation to support digital and innovation activity. It’s a critical time for children’s media in the UK, […]

CMF Updates

Kids and animation get attention from the Chancellor

CMF Executive Group Member Gregory Boardman explains what we know so far about the Chancellor’s new tax credit system for the screen industries. Following the budget announcements on 15th March, HMRC published information on its response to the consultation on audio-visual tax reliefs.  Ahead of the announcement, there had been much talk about simplification of […]

Industry Policy

BBC @ the APPG

BBC Director of Children’s and Education Patricia Hidalgo spoke to an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting in the House of Lords on 27th February, hosted by Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE OM. The meeting also welcomed representatives from Ofcom and the DCMS, Animation UK, the Children’s Media Foundation, academics, media strategists and children’s and youth TV producers. Patricia outlined a new […]

Events Industry Policy

VR and Distraction Therapy

News of a valuable study into the use of VR in distraction therapy. If children have to undergo medical treatment, everyone wants to lessen their anxiety and pain. Imagine being able to accomplish that and – win/win – lower health care costs by reducing the time and resources needed to complete difficult procedures. Starlight Children’s […]


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