The Children’s Media Foundation

Kids group welcomes BBC iPlay

The Children Media Foundation has welcomed the BBC’s proposed content and catch-up service for kids, but cautioned it must be launched in addition to the UK pubcaster’s current kids output. BBC director general Tony Hall (pictured) yesterday unveiled plans for an “open BBC for the internet age”. These included the roll out of a new […]

BBC licence deal ‘bad for children’s TV’

The Children’s Media Foundation, a UK advocacy group, says the license fee agreement hammered out between the BBC and the UK government is “a bad deal for the nation’s children”. The BBC this week agreed to foot the £600 million-750 million (US$923 million-US$1.5 billion) cost of providing a free TV license for over-75s in return […]

YouTube urged to increase child safety provisions

In the same week it launched its kids content app, YouTube has been urged to makes its youth-skewed offerings safer and more age-appropriate. The Children’s Media Foundation, a not-for-profit advocacy group, welcomed the launch of the YouTube app noting it is “a great step forward, particularly for younger viewers”. However, the CMF added that more “still […]

Kids producers welcome tax break announcement

The UK children’s TV business is today united in praise for the newly-announced tax credit for live-action kids programming. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne yesterday revealed in his Autumn Statement that the much-wanted credit for children’s TV series would be implemented from April next year. This would stimulate what he described as a […]

UK kids biz urges tax break action

A major UK children’s TV lobbying group has welcomed government comments that suggest tax breaks for live-action kids series could be forthcoming. In an open letter to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, The Children’s Media Foundation urged the tax breaks be committed to in the UK’s Autumn Statement, which outlines government spending […]