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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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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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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 […]

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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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Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Media: Where Are We Now?

  By Olivia Dickinson Digital Consultant and Diversity and Inclusion Representative – CMF Executive Group Seven years ago, back in November 2013, I produced one of the Children’s Media Foundation’s first live events. Those were the days where you could come along in person to drink some warm white wine, listen to panellists and have […]

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YouTube: A Children’s Public Service Content Platform?

By Colin Ward Deputy Director Children’s Media Foundation   In recent weeks we have seen something of a charm offensive from YouTube. Ben McOwen Wilson, MD of YouTube UK and Ireland, suggested in a recent interview with The Guardian that it is time we reframed the way the platform is perceived, with greater acknowledgement of […]

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Regulating the VSPs – YouTube and TikTok Under Scrutiny?

The Government has proposed that Ofcom take responsibility for the regulation of Video Sharing Platforms (VSPs) based in the UK – such as TikTok.  Ofcom issued a call for evidence – or a public consultation – on the proposal.   This action is to bring the UK into line with a European directive – the AVMSD. The government proposal is […]

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Play And The Art of Playful Communication

Ash Perrin CEO The Flying Seagull Project     Dedicated to Sir Ken Robinson for his shining light of inspiration and willingness to challenge the norm. Let’s start from absolute Square 1.  What is play? Play is the indigenous language of the child, and it is the simplest language there is. It demands total revelation, […]

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