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Children’s Diversity and Representation – Not Just Skin Deep

Marcus Ryder is a journalist with over 25 years of experience, including 10 at senior management level. He is currently Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity at Birmingham City University. This article was commissioned by the Children’s Media Foundation and published in the Children’s Media Yearbook 2021. A few […]

Industry Policy

CMF Fights Privatisation of Channel 4

With the arrival of Nadine Dorries (of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…’ fame) as the new Secretary of State at the DCMS, the plan to privatise Channel 4 is still very much on the government agenda – despite a huge range of expert individuals, trade unions and industry bodies lining up against the proposals. This includes […]

Industry Policy

Young Audiences Content Fund Under Review

Prof. Jeanette Steemers, CMF Board member and chair of the Young Audiences Content Fund Steering Committee, reminds us that the time has come for government decisions about the future life of the fund now that the three-year pilot is coming to a close. The Children’s Media Foundation has always been supportive of the Young Audiences […]

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Age Appropriate Design Code – At Last!

This week the UK took an important step forward in protecting children in the digital world as it fully adopted the Children’s Code. The Code, formerly known as the Age Appropriate Design Code, has been developed by the Information Commissioner in consultation with many interested groups, including the CMF. The Code includes 15 principles and […]

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Consultations 2021 and Beyond

CMF is facing one of its busiest periods, as it reacts and responds to a variety of public consultations connected with the future of media in the UK and in particular how public service content will be funded and delivered. Well-armed with ideas generated by the CMF Report: Our Children’s Future: Does Public Service Media […]

Industry Policy

Theresa Plummer Andrews

Anna Home, Chair of the Children’s Media Foundation, remembers Theresa Plummer Andrews. Theresa Plummer Andrews (known as Trees or Plum) who sadly died aged 77 on 31st August was one of the greats of the children’s animation world. She was a relatively late-comer to children’s TV. I first met her in 1981 in the  London offices […]


Inclusivity at CMC 2021 Online

  By Olivia Dickinson, CMF Diversity and Inclusion Lead     This year the theme of the Children’s Media Conference is ‘Together’. As the exec for the Inclusivity Now video strand, and the member of the executive group responsible for Diversity and Inclusion at the Children’s Media Foundation, I wanted to reflect on how my work for […]

Events Industry

Coming Soon To A Digital Device Near You… The CMF’s Public Service Media Report.

  Colin Ward, CMF’s Deputy Director and Editor of the Report: Our Children’s Future – Does Children’s Media Matter on launch plans. At the end of 2020, the CMF began a major campaign to highlight the failure of government to protect the production, at scale, of UK-originated, culturally-relevant content for our children. The aim of the campaign […]

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CMC 2021: The Question Time Session

  By Jayne Kirkham, CMF Executive Group Member for political and governmental liaison   On Tuesday 6th July, 11-12noon, CMC will be staging its Question Time session.  There’s a long tradition of the Children’s Media Foundation producing the content for this. I’m one of those people that ‘don’t do politics’. I couldn’t tell you what the deputy chancellor of […]

Events Industry Policy

In Conversation with: Olivia Dickinson

CMF Executive Group member Olivia Dickinson shares with us her perspective on everything children’s media, her childhood memories of re-enacting Punch and Judy, and how she learnt to  make the perfect soya cappuccino.   What is your earliest memory of children’s media? OD: “Books, both being read to and learning to read. I did not […]

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