Key Points
  • A Focus on Public Service Broadcasters and the Provision of Children's Content with Changing Audience Behaviour and Industry Dynamics
  • Commercial Incentives and Disincentives to Produce; Encouraging Investment, Regulatory Landscape and Opportunities for Synergy with Evolving Technologies
  • Online, On-Demand and Streaming Platforms - Responsibilities and Developing Strong Support Structures for Accessing Age Appropriate Content and Children that are Well-Informed
Guest of Honour

Ben Dean Head of Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS)

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Greg Childs, Director, Children's Media Foundation
  • Vanessa Amberleigh, Genre Lead Preschool, BBC
  • Ben Dean, Head of Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS)
  • John McVay, Chief Executive, Pact - Trade Association
  • Vicki Shotbolt, Chief Executive Officer, The Parent Zone and Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety
  • Professor Jeanette Steemers, Trustee, Voice of the Listerner and Viewer (VLV) Professor of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Kings College London

Our timely Children's TV forum, taking place in London on Thursday 11th October, will examine the outcomes of Ofcom’s review of Children’s Content, to be published later in the Summer. We will discuss the key developments taking place in this sector, in light of the review, and in the context of the Government's pledge to help increase the range of Children's TV, by providing £60m funding to support it.

Children's TV faces unprecedented challenges and opportunities, with rapid and wide ranging technological advances, changes in audience behaviour, and an explosion of media and channel choices. This important event provides an ideal opportunity for you to learn and share experience, best practice, and innovative approaches. You will also learn the latest developments regarding your responsibilities in presenting content that is quality assured and age appropriate. So, whether your organisation is a broadcaster, content producer, or an online platform, this topical event is for you.

The Forum has been shaped after in-depth research with experts, leading advocates, and other key stakeholders and past delegates. Across a diverse children’s media landscape, that is increasingly interconnected, the forum will provide you the opportunity for you to hear from experts and decision-makers, as well as network with peers in one single room.

Discussions will provide delegates the opportunity to:

  • Understand the practical implications of Ofcom’s consultation and the road ahead, with a spotlight on content material, range and quality.
  • Know whether you are meeting your responsibilities in providing content material that is age appropriate as a broadcaster and platform.
  • Examine in greater detail how Government funding, the pilots and awards will run from 2019 to 2020, including designs to help commission the creation of diverse content for children of all ages, with a particular focus on content creators and producers.
  • Ensure lucrative opportunities and incentives to produce children’s content material.
  • Future proof your organisation, in light of ever increasing technological advances and disruption of traditional TV markets.
  • Build synergies between traditional broadcasters, mobile technology, on demand services and online platforms.
  • Create an environment that allows home grown content to flourish, whilst maintaining an international appeal for greater financial opportunities that exist abroad.
  • Maximising learning and educational opportunities within children’s media in developing children and young people to be well-informed citizens.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Greg Childs Director, Children's Media Foundation

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09:05 - 09:45
Keynote Address: National Overview - Challenges and Opportunities the Sector Faces in Producing High Quality and a Wide Variety of Children’s Content

 

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Ben Dean Head of Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS)

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09:45 - 10:45
Sustaining UK Content Provision for Children in Public Service Broadcasting (PSB)

 
  • Are PSBs fulfilling their responsibility of delivering a ‘suitable range of high quality and original programmes for children and young people?’ 
  • What would address the widely recognised under-delivery of public service broadcasting for older children aged between 8 and 11? What role will the Contestable Fund play in addressing this? 
  • What challenges or opportunities does the rise of online platforms, and on-demand streaming services present for PSBs? 
  • Based on the outcome of Ofcom’s Review of Children’s Content, what genres of programmes are under delivered? What is the cause and what can be done to alleviate this problem? 
  • A broadcaster’s perspective on the implications of the Digital Economy Act 2017 and Ofcom’s new ability to enforce quotas.

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Vanessa Amberleigh Genre Lead Preschool, BBC

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10:45 - 10:50
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Greg Childs Director, Children's Media Foundation

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10:50 - 11:15
Refreshments and Networking Break

 

11:15 - 11:20
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

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Greg Childs Director, Children's Media Foundation

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11:20 - 12:15
Production - Commercial Incentives, Commissioning and Innovation

 
  • What strategies can be implemented to increase investment, sponsorship and innovation in children’s linear television production?
  • How will the new Contestable Content Fund incentivise creators and companies to enter the market in practice?
  • What supplementary measures can be taken to maximise the positive impact of funding?  
  • How will the proposal to offer 50% of funding from the Contestable Fund lead to a more complex international production environment in terms of financing?
  • How can new home-grown production be encouraged, whilst maintaining an international appeal for additional revenue streams?
  • Does this lead to an inevitable “internationalisation" of programmes produced?
  • Maximising the use of evolving technologies to free up schedules for potentially more profitable programming, whether this be for linear television scheduling or alternative broadcasting platforms of delivery.
  • How can advertising revenue streams be maximised in today’s diverse delivery environment? 
  • What lessons can be learnt from the recent success of programmes such as the BBC’s Saturday Mash Up!?

Speakers

Professor Jeanette Steemers Trustee, Voice of the Listerner and Viewer (VLV) Professor of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Kings College London

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12:15 - 12:55
Online, On-Demand and Streaming Platforms –Responsibilities and Building Strong Support Structures for Accessing Age Appropriate Content and Children that are Well-Informed

 
  • What opportunities are there for further synergy between traditional broadcasters, mobile technology, on demand services and online platforms? 
  • Considerations and responsibilities of online platforms in ensuring age appropriate content is being accessed by children.
  • Maximising learning and educational opportunities platforms can provide to help build socially conscious and well-informed children and young people. 
  • What are the responsibilities of online and subscription videos-on-demand (SVOD) operators to educate and raise social awareness among younger audiences?
  • Do online platforms require a multi-stakeholder response, in ensuring children are viewing material that is age appropriate and verified correctly, or can this be implemented in a more unitary and regulatory manner?

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Vicki Shotbolt Chief Executive Officer, The Parent Zone and Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Greg Childs Director, Children's Media Foundation

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End

Speakers

Vanessa Amberleigh Genre Lead Preschool, BBC

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Greg Childs Director, Children's Media Foundation

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Ben Dean Head of Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS)

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John McVay Chief Executive, Pact - Trade Association

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Vicki Shotbolt Chief Executive Officer, The Parent Zone and Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety

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Professor Jeanette Steemers Trustee, Voice of the Listerner and Viewer (VLV) Professor of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, Kings College London

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Venue details

Central London - Westminster Central London - Westminster


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