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CMF at CMC ’24: the Debate -YouTube or Bust?

Last year’s CMC Debate led to the Children’s Media Summit which made it clear, the children’s media industry needs to be where the children are.  A few months down the line, what does that mean in practice. Deputy Director of the CMF, Colin Ward, reports back on the debate that asked: “YouTube or Bust?” Let’s […]

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Kay Benbow 1961-2024

On behalf of the Children’s Media Foundation, Alison Stewart pays tribute to a very dear friend. It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of the death of Kay Benbow, who passed away on Sunday 24th March after a short but fierce illness. The industry reacted with tributes across national and social media. […]

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Dr Gregory Boardman, CMF Executive Member and producer, has written a detailed note on the discussions at the Children’s Media Summit on the 28th February 2024. For those involved in conversations behind the scenes, and the pre-summit discussions, it was probably something of a relief to see Nigel Pickard take to the stage at BFI […]

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Game-Changing Speech Reflects Realities of Kids’ Media

CMF’s concerns about the shortcomings of the Media Bill currently being debated in Parliament were brought into the public eye on 21st November 2023 during a speech on the Second Reading of the Bill by the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Thangam Debbonnaire MP. The Labour spokesperson was broadly supportive of […]

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Laura Henry-Allain MBE Joins the Board

Long-term supporter of the Children’s Media Foundation, Laura Henry-Allain explains why now is a good time to get involved. I am hugely honoured to be asked to join the board of the Children’s Media Foundation (CMF). I’ve been a patron of CMF for a few years as well as contributing to some of their other […]

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Children’s Media Summit Progress

The latest news on the planned Summit for Children’s Media – promised by CMF in September – is that the initial consultative process is completed.  It was a unique coming-together of stakeholders with perspectives on the state of the industry and its relationship with the audience. After 9 hours of meetings brilliantly chaired by Emma […]

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CMF Virtual Coffee Mornings (and Evenings)

  CMF Executive member for Industry Liaison Martin Franks savours the satisfying aroma of the CMF’s Industry Virtual Coffee Mornings We’ve now had four Industry Liaison Zoom Coffee Mornings (or Evenings – bring your own coffee….) They started in June with Jocelyn Stevenson and Anne Brogan, then July with Kay Benbow and Mikael Shields, all […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’. […]

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