The Government has announced a new £60m fund to support children’s TV. This is in response to widespread concern that the opportunities for making children’s content in the UK are severely limited. As part of the BBC licence settlement the Government had previously announced a contestable fund which it was thought would extend to a whole range of programmes. It’s now been decided that the fund will be limited to children’s content.
This is very welcome news. IBT has lobbied extensively on this issue over many years. We will now be approaching the BFI which will manage the fund, to try to ensure that some of this money goes to international content such as CBeebies’ excellent series Where in the World. If you have any views on this please get in touch with Sophie Chalk, our Advocacy consultant Sophie.Chalk@btinternet.com.