Policy Solutions and International Perspectives on the Funding of Public Service Media Content for Children: A Report for Stakeholders

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Abstract

This project on Policy Solutions and International Perspectives on the Funding of Public Service Media Content for Children began on 8 February 2016 and concludes on 31 May 2016. Its outcomes contribute to the policy-making process around BBC Charter Review, which has raised concerns about the financial sustainability of UK-produced children’s screen content.
The aim of this project is to evaluate different funding possibilities for public service children’s content in a more challenging and competitive multiplatform media environment, drawing on experiences outside the UK.
The project addresses the following questions:
• What forms of alternative funding exist to support public service content for children in a transforming multiplatform media environment?
• What can we learn from the types of funding and support for children’s screen content that are available elsewhere in the world – in terms of regulatory foundations, administration, accountability, levels of funding, amounts and types of content supported?
• How effective are these funding systems and funding sources for supporting domestically produced content (range and numbers of projects supported; audience reach)?
This stakeholder report constitutes the main outcome of the project and provides an overview and analysis of alternatives for supporting and funding home-grown children’s screen content across both traditional broadcasting outlets and emerging digital platforms. The report has been made publicly available, so that it can inform policy work and responses to the UK Government White Paper, A BBC for the Future, published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in May 2016.
The research project was borne out of discussions with stakeholders, who felt that there was a need for more research on experiences with funding children’s screen content outside the UK.
We, the authors, would like to thank the Children’s Media Foundation, PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) and Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) for their assistance with dialogue about the issues, important contacts and sources of information for this report. As important stakeholders in the debate about the future of children’s content in the UK, we hope the report is useful for informing their policies on the funding of public service media content for children in the UK.
We would also like to thank respondents in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand for talking to us about the funding of children’s content in their countries. Details of our methods can be found in Appendix C at the end of this volume.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUniversity of Westminster
Number of pages106
ISBN (Print)9780993461422
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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