Expert 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)
Alison Bakunowich, General Manager UK and Ireland, Brand lead Northern and Eastern Europe, Nickelodeon
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
Sioned Wyn Roberts, Content Commissioner, S4C
Richard Bradley, Executive Producer, Horrible Histories
“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.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions to DCMS and Ofcom, and the BFI will be clarifying criteria regarding funding and eligibility. Our 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.
Finally, we will also be discussing the UK’s diversity and how to encourage programmes that are more personalised to different ethnicity, religions and languages, whilst also considering factual content that will keep kids and teenagers engaged and motivated.