Westminster Insight: Children's TV Content Forum

23 May 2019

DCMS and Ofcom, and the BFI will be clarifying criteria regarding funding and eligibility. The forum will also address safety issues and the opportunities and challenges for the UK broadcasting and production industry to work in tandem with on-demand and streaming platforms.

“Young people in the UK deserve high quality content that entertains, informs and reflects their experiences growing up across the country today.” Margot James MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

Today, children are exposed to far more content across multiple channels than ever before, whilst production levels of new children’s shows have declined over the past decade. The UK therefor faces both unique challenges and opportunities. 

Ofcom reported that TV viewing dropped by 40% for children aged four to nine and by 47% for children aged 10 to 15 between 2010 and 2017. Around 90% of older children say they now watch YouTube. Following on from this, key recommendations were given in their latest review. 

Subsequent to DCMS’s Young Audiences Content Fund, which will focus on “funding a new influx of creative and distinctive [representative] content” and is to be launched by the BFI April, our timely Forum will bring to together key figures to discuss the future landscape of the UK children's media industry. 

Speakers include: 

  • Margot James MP, Minister of State, Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport
  • Jackie Edwards,Head of Young Audiences Content Fund, BFI
  • Greg Childs , Director, Children's Media Foundation
  • Ofcom Confirmed Speaker
  • Professor Jeanette Steemers,Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries King’s College, London
  • Michael Towner, Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents 0-6y, Cbeebies, BBC
  • Vicki Shotbolt, CEO, ParentZone
  • David Wright, Director, UK Safer Internet Centre
  • Murray Perkins, Policy Director, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
  • John Kent,Digital Matter and Online Safety, Children’s Media Foundation
  • Kate O'Connor, Executive Chair,Animation UK Council
  • Laura Henry,Educator and Author, JoJo and Gran Gran
  • SionedWyn Roberts, Content Commissioner, S4C
  • Richard Bradley,Executive Producer, Horrible Histories
  • Nickelodeon Representative

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