Westminster Media Forum

The future for children’s media in the UK - original programming, competition, and provision and availability

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

This seminar 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.


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: Alison Bakunowich, Nickelodeon and Milkshake!; Richard Bradley, Lion Television; Colin Browne, Voice of the Listener & Viewer; Helen Howells, Hoho Entertainment; Sarah Muller, BBC and Lucy Murphy, Sky.

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;
  • The business of children’s media - competition with on-demand, monetising IP and brand partnerships, and navigating the impact of advertising restrictions; and
  • Policy priorities for children’s media in the UK.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates