Children’s Media Foundation

BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund: a fund indeed for a nation in need

The UK children’s industry is already feeling the benefit of a new $70m fund but what are the longer repercussions both domestically and internationally? Ann-Marie Corvin reports Funding kids content is a challenge in many territories but the market failure of domestic children’s programming in the UK has finally prompted government intervention. One of its […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (US$81.3 million) production and distribution boost, in a move that has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other […]

Reaction to major BBC Children’s TV investment

There has been a glowing reaction to the BBC’s pledge of an additional £34 million (US$44 million) to the UK pubcaster’s kids television efforts over the next three years. TBI rounds up statements emerging from around the UK TV industry…   Anna Home, founder and patron of the Children’s Media Foundation “The Children’s Media Foundation […]

Brexit: what does it mean for kids TV?

The kids TV business is starting to weigh the impact of Britain’s pending European Union exit. The kids sector in the UK was already under pressure, with the amount of locally made content steadily declining, and there was immediate concern over what Brexit will mean in terms of coproduction, access to EU funding and schemes, and […]

CMC: Sky kids move is ‘step in the right direction’

Sky’s move into original children’s content commissioning has been welcomed by an influential UK kids media body. Anna Home, chair of the Children’s Media Foundation, said yesterday’s announcement that the European satcaster was beginning to commission content was a “step in the right direction”. UK indies, who have long struggled to sell shows to UK […]

Industry reacts to BBC review

Industry groups, analysts, media specialists and advocacy groups have been quick to react to yesterday’s UK government Green Paper, which outlined options for the future of the BBC. The government and senior BBC managers have just thrashed out a deal for the licence fee, agreeing to peg it to inflation. The Green Paper, however, suggested […]


The launch of the YouTube Kids app in the US in February has been greeted with unanimous approval by content companies both big and small. Gary Smith reports. That there are now several generations of digital natives is a given, as is the fact that the current crop of 2-8 year-olds are more thoroughly immersed […]

Children’s Media Foundation says TV market failing kids

The Children’s Media Foundation has backed the research issued yesterday that suggested there is a crisis in the UK kids TV funding. The not-for-profit group added that the UK kids TV market is failing younger viewers, singling out ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 for blame. The CMF said yesterday’s report, which was launched by […]