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Children’s Diversity and Representation – Not Just Skin Deep

Marcus Ryder is a journalist with over 25 years of experience, including 10 at senior management level. He is currently Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity at Birmingham City University. This article was commissioned by the Children’s Media Foundation and published in the Children’s Media Yearbook 2021. A few […]

Industry Policy

CMF Fights Privatisation of Channel 4

With the arrival of Nadine Dorries (of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…’ fame) as the new Secretary of State at the DCMS, the plan to privatise Channel 4 is still very much on the government agenda – despite a huge range of expert individuals, trade unions and industry bodies lining up against the proposals. This includes […]

Industry Policy

Young Audiences Content Fund Under Review

Prof. Jeanette Steemers, CMF Board member and chair of the Young Audiences Content Fund Steering Committee, reminds us that the time has come for government decisions about the future life of the fund now that the three-year pilot is coming to a close. The Children’s Media Foundation has always been supportive of the Young Audiences […]

Industry Policy Research

Age Appropriate Design Code – At Last!

This week the UK took an important step forward in protecting children in the digital world as it fully adopted the Children’s Code. The Code, formerly known as the Age Appropriate Design Code, has been developed by the Information Commissioner in consultation with many interested groups, including the CMF. The Code includes 15 principles and […]

Industry Policy

Consultations 2021 and Beyond

CMF is facing one of its busiest periods, as it reacts and responds to a variety of public consultations connected with the future of media in the UK and in particular how public service content will be funded and delivered. Well-armed with ideas generated by the CMF Report: Our Children’s Future: Does Public Service Media […]

Industry Policy

Coming Soon To A Digital Device Near You… The CMF’s Public Service Media Report.

  Colin Ward, CMF’s Deputy Director and Editor of the Report: Our Children’s Future – Does Children’s Media Matter on launch plans. At the end of 2020, the CMF began a major campaign to highlight the failure of government to protect the production, at scale, of UK-originated, culturally-relevant content for our children. The aim of the campaign […]

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CMC 2021: The Question Time Session

  By Jayne Kirkham, CMF Executive Group Member for political and governmental liaison   On Tuesday 6th July, 11-12noon, CMC will be staging its Question Time session.  There’s a long tradition of the Children’s Media Foundation producing the content for this. I’m one of those people that ‘don’t do politics’. I couldn’t tell you what the deputy chancellor of […]

Events Industry Policy

Online Good?

  CMF Director Greg Childs contributed to the Lego Group’s recent industry stakeholder research into children and technology.  On April 28th 2021 he attended a roundtable to hear the results.     Lego commissioned BritainThinks to research key stakeholder views about the current relationship between children and technology, focusing in particular on: The benefits and harms […]

Events Industry Policy Research

Giving with One Hand, Taking Back with the Other

The Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport has announced that it is removing 25% of the budget for the Young Audiences Content Fund, before the three year pilot scheme is completed. This represents, according to Broadcast Magazine, around 20 productions which will not now be funded.  Having fought long and hard for the Fund, […]

Events Industry Policy

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

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