Westminster Media Forum

Children’s media in the UK - regulation, support, and the future for PSB and commercial markets

Morning, Friday, 28th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will consider the future for children’s media in the UK.


Areas for discussion include:

  • Funding and the Young Audiences Content Fund;
  • The response by the sector, particularly PSBs, to the ongoing structural changes in media markets;
  • Issues around competition and prominence; and
  • Commercial opportunities and the impact of marketing restrictions.

With a new government in place, we expect discussion on priorities for policy support in addressing the challenges facing UK broadcasters and content commissioners in the creation and promotion of children’s media.


Speakers

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Jason Cotton, Head of Broadcasting Content Policy, DCMS;
  • Jackie Edwards, Head, Young Audiences Content Fund, BFI; and
  • Kate Biggs, Project Director, Children’s Content Review, Ofcom.

Further speakers include: Brenda Bisner, Kidoodle.TV; Richard Bradley, Lion Television; Colin Browne, Voice of the Listener & Viewer; Helen Howells, Hoho Entertainment; Sarah Muller, BBC and Lucy Murphy, Sky.


Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Media Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: DCMS; the Competition and Markets Authority; the National Audit Office; and the Department for International Trade.


The agenda

  • Original programming and plurality in the children’s public service broadcasting landscape - update on the Young Audiences Content Fund;
  • Improving the provision and availability of children’s content;
  • Key issues for PSBs - developing multi-platform approaches, serving and engaging younger audiences, and assessing what further support is required;
  • Commissioning high quality and diverse content for children - ensuring continued discoverability in the face of changing viewing habits;
  • The business of children’s media - monetising IP, brand partnerships and navigating the impact of advertising restrictions; and
  • Policy priorities for children’s media in the UK.


Keynote Speaker

Sarah Muller

Head of BBC Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation

Keynote Speakers

Jason Cotton

Head of Broadcasting Content Policy, DCMS

Kate Biggs

Project Director, Children’s Content Review, Ofcom

Sarah Muller

Head of BBC Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation

Jackie Edwards

Head, Young Audiences Content Fund, BFI

Speakers

Brenda Bisner

Chief Content Officer, Kidoodle.TV

Helen Howells

Joint Managing Director, Hoho Entertainment

Richard Bradley

Managing Director, Lion Television

Ben Roberts

Deputy Chief Executive, BFI

Colin Browne

Chairman, Voice of the Listener & Viewer

Baroness Kidron

Member, House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee and Founder, 5Rights Foundation

Lucy Murphy

Head of Kids Content, Sky