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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

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 […]

Industry Policy

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

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 […]

Industry Policy Research

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 […]

Events Industry

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 […]

Industry

Creativity Is Magic And Magic Is For Everyone

  By Cressida Cowell Children’s Author and Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate   I have spent twenty years writing for children, and over those twenty years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ as if writing for children was some sort of second best activity, […]

Events Industry

Remember Remember: The 20th November

  By Jayne Kirkham Writer and CMF Board Member Did you know World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November each year? Me neither.  Last year’s World Children’s Day was particularly special because it marked the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). What is the UNCRC?  It’s […]

Industry Policy

Small Screen Big Debate

Small Screen, Big Debate   By Jayne Kirkham, Writer, Clerk to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Media and the Arts, and CMF Board Member Small Screen: Big Debate 2020, Ofcom’s virtual conference on Public Service Broadcasting, ran across three days of pre-recorded panel discussions and interviews, plus a live debate, during which Ofcom […]

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