Key Points
  • Hear keynotes from Minister Margot James MP, Jackie Edwards, and Ofcom regarding Government key priorities, the Young Audiences Content Fund, and latest findings
  • Understand the design of the Young Audiences Content Fund in more detail and how to utilise the scheme
  • Benchmark content material and ensure that it is age appropriate as a broadcaster
  • Capitalise on opportunities and incentives to produce children's content material both online and offline by building relationships between traditional broadcasters, technology and on-demand services
  • Create an environment that allows home grown content to flourish and encourage educational content


Overview
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
  • Anna Home , Chair, Children's Media Foundation
  • Tony Close, Director of Content Standards, Licensing & Enforcement, Ofcom
  • 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 was launched by the BFI in 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.

  • Agenda
    Start

    08:30 - 09:00
    Registration and Coffee

     

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

     

    Speakers

    Anna Home Chair, The Children's Media Foundation

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    09:05 - 09:25
    Keynote 1: Update on Delivering the Young Audiences’ Content Fund Three Year Pilot

     
    • Clarifying criteria and confirming who has access to funding
    • Update on the funding since April: The doors are open - what are the next steps?
    09:25 – 09:35 Questions and Discussion



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    Jackie Edwards Head of Young Audiences Content Fund, British Film Institute (BFI)

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    09:35 - 09:55
    Keynote 2: children’s changing AV consumption habits

     
    • Reviewing the different media platforms and what appeals to children. 
    • Highlight the challenges for industry, regulators, policymakers, parents 
    • Delivering programmes to audiences of fast-changing habits and evolving media uses

    09:55 – 10:05 Questions and Discussion

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    Tony Close Director of Content Standards, Licensing & Enforcement, Ofcom

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    10:05 - 10:20
    Making the Most of Multiple Channels

     
    • Understanding the change in audience behaviour and why children are choosing to go online 
    • Preparing for a digital future by allowing access to online hubs and coinciding with online broadcasters
    • How can PSBs integrate with other platforms and work together?
    • Ensuring a connection between on-demand services on devices and PSBs
    10:20 – 10:30 Questions and Discussion

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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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    Alison Bakunowich General Manager UK and Ireland, Brand lead Northern and Eastern Europe, Nickelodeon

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    10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    11:00 - 11:20
    Keynote 3: Reviewing the Government’s Key Priorities for the Industry

     
    • Encouraging home-grown programming to help children understand themselves and the diverse viewpoints within our society 
    • Funding the industry through Ofcom and the Young Audiences Content Fund
    • Outlining plans to make the internet a safe place to ensure children’s well-being  

      11:20 – 11:30 Questions and Discussion

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    Margot James MP Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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    11:30 - 12:05
    Ensuring Children are Kept Safe Online Through Regulation

     
    • Addressing safety issues online by openly discussing threats
    • Supporting a code of practice for social media platforms
    • Discussing sufficient ways to regulate in order to keep children safe
    • Safeguarding children’s content on channels such as YouTube by regulating in a consistent way

      12:05 – 12:15 Questions and Discussion

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    David Wright Director, UK Safer Internet Centre

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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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    Murray Perkins Policy Director, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)

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    John Kent Digital Matter and Online Safety, Children’s Media Foundation

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    12:15 - 13:20
    Producing Quality Content for Different Age Groups

     
    • Delivering high quality programmes and exploring opportunities for content specifically made for younger and older age groups
    • Encouraging both young and older children to understand the world around them
    • Highlighting the UK’s diversity and encouraging programmes that are more personalised
    • Considering which factual content will keep kids engaged
    • Responding to the new funding and regulatory context
    • Challenges and opportunities for exports and co-productions  

      12:15 – 12:35
      Session 1: Developing Content for Younger Children

      Laura Henry, Educator and Author, JoJo and Gran Gran
      Michael Towner, Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents 0-6 Years, Cbeebies, BBC

      12:35 – 12:50
      Session 2: Developing Content for Older Children

      Kate O'Connor,
      Executive Chair, Animation UK Council
      Sioned Wyn Roberts, Content Commissioner, S4C

      12:50 – 13:00
      Session 3: Developing Factual Content

      Richard Bradley,
      Executive Producer, Horrible Histories

      13:00 – 13:20 Joint Questions and Discussion

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    Richard Bradley Executive Producer, Horrible Histories

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    Kate O'Connor Executive Chair, Animation UK

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    Laura Henry Educator and Author, JoJo and Gran Gran

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    Michael Towner Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents 0-6 Years, Cbeebies, BBC

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    Sioned Wyn Roberts Content Commissioner, S4C

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    13:20 - 13:30
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

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    Anna Home Chair, The Children's Media Foundation

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    End

    Speakers

    Alison Bakunowich General Manager UK and Ireland, Brand lead Northern and Eastern Europe, Nickelodeon

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    Richard Bradley Executive Producer, Horrible Histories

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    Tony Close Director of Content Standards, Licensing & Enforcement, Ofcom

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    Jackie Edwards Head of Young Audiences Content Fund, British Film Institute (BFI)

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    Laura Henry Educator and Author, JoJo and Gran Gran

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    Anna Home Chair, The Children's Media Foundation

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    Margot James MP Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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    John Kent Digital Matter and Online Safety, Children’s Media Foundation

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    Kate O'Connor Executive Chair, Animation UK

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    Murray Perkins Policy Director, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)

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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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    Michael Towner Senior Commissioning Editor, Independents 0-6 Years, Cbeebies, BBC

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    David Wright Director, UK Safer Internet Centre

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    Sioned Wyn Roberts Content Commissioner, S4C

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    Venue details

    Conrad London St. James 22-28 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0BH

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