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Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 9 February 2021

  CMF Exec Group member Cecilia Weiss attended Safer Internet Day (UK).  “Around 500 guests attended Safer Internet Day. I was invited on behalf of the Children’s Media Foundation. Here’s my summarised report of the event.” Safer Internet Day was presented by Jake Humphrey from the BT Tower with virtual contributors from the industry, government and […]

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Updates on the BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund

By Jackie Edwards, Head of BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund. The Young Audiences Content Fund is a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) funded, 3 year pilot to support the development and production of brilliant television for British children and teens. We opened the doors on the 1st April 2019 with the specific intent […]

Industry Policy

CMF Welcomes Wincie Knight

The Children’s Media Foundation is delighted to welcome Wincie Knight, Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategies at ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), Europe, Middle East and Africa, as our new Board member. Wincie is responsible for leading VCNI’s diversity and inclusion strategy in Britain, Europe, Israel, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She reports to Marva […]

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Lockdown, Education, and Children’s Media Use

By Christine Singer, CMF Executive Group. For many families and children in the UK, 2021 kicked off with old and new challenges and uncertainties, with schools having to close their doors once again to all pupils, except for vulnerable and key worker children. Much about the upcoming school term remains unknown, including when schools will […]

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Evidence Session to the House of Commons Select Committee Meeting on the Future of Public Service Broadcasting

On 17th November the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee held an evidence session on the future of public service broadcasting. This hearing explored the future of public service broadcasting (PSB) at a point when its future is being questioned again against the increasing popularity of subscription video on demand (SVOD) services like Netflix. CMF […]

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Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood: New Report by the Fawcett Society

By Olivia Dickinson Digital Consultant and Diversity and Inclusion Representative CMF Executive Group On 15th December, the Fawcett Society published the final report of their Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood. The report, Unlimited Potential, is the culmination of an 18-month process of research and evidence gathering, co-chaired by Professor Becky Francis, now Chief […]

Industry Policy Research

The Online Harms Bill Moves Forward… Slowly.

  By Colin Ward Deputy Director, Children’s Media Foundation  It’s heartening to see that the UK Government has leapt into action in response to the article in last month’s CMF newsletter, which highlighted the lack of progress in bringing forward legislation to protect children online. The famously nimble Whitehall machine has creaked into first gear […]

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Whatever Happened To The Online Harms Bill?

  By Colin Ward, Jayne Kirkham and John Kent CMF Executive Group  ‘The Online Harms What?’  Caught in the middle of a pandemic and Britain’s ongoing divorce from Europe, it is not surprising that a piece of media-related legislation might be lost in the quagmire of more important and pressing matters in British politics.  But […]

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Sandford St Martin Awards 2021

Announcing the new Sandford St Martin “Broadcasting in the Time of Corona” Awards. Reflecting the exceptional work and innovation of broadcasters and content-makers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sandford St Martin Awards are launching two new awards for 2021. Entries and nominations are now being invited for the Trustees’ Corona Content Award for broadcast programmes or reports […]

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It’s Only Panto! “Oh No It Isn’t”

  By Jez Edwards Actor and Children’s Presenter   I was completely unaware whilst I was sat watching a summer show in Blackpool or a Panto in Manchester that my destiny was being mapped out.  Years later when I got my first break in TV my agent asked what I would like him to concentrate […]

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