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In Conversation with: Alison Stewart

  Alison Stewart, Children’s Media Consultant, Executive Producer and Writer – now a member of the CMF Board and Executive Group – shares with us her childhood memories of children’s media, her views on the world of children’s media, and vision for the future of CMF.     What is your earliest memory of children’s media?  AS: […]

CMF Updates Industry Policy

Small Screen: Big Debate? What about Small People: Big Picture?

By Greg Childs, Director the Children’s Media Foundation   CMF has responded to the consultation on Small Screen: Big Debate – Ofcom’s interim report on how best to reform public service media in the UK. The report is an important view of the future and the consultation is intended to finesse the recommendations Ofcom will send to government later […]

CMF Updates Industry Policy Research

Our Children’s Future: Does Public Service Media Matter?

  By Colin Ward, Deputy Director CMF Colin is leading the CMF campaign on the future of public service media for children and young people. The CMF has launched a major new campaign to put the children’s audience at the centre of the national debate on the future of public service media. The debate has […]

CMF Updates Industry Policy Research

The UK’s Children’s Content Market: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

By Martin Franks, CMF Executive Group, Industry Liaison In this reflection, Martin Franks offers a pragmatic view – from a producer perspective – on the history of change in the kids’ commissioning market in the UK over the last 15 years. It tells us something about how we have reached a point of inflexion for children’s media, especially the public […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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