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The Save Kids’ Content Campaign was joined by TV stars, MPs and peers in the House of Commons to celebrate an exciting leap forward for British children’s television

Save Kids’ Content held a reception in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, to celebrate the passing of a new law in the Digital Economy Act and discuss the future of kids TV.

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Tomorrow: Julie Elliott MP hosts a reception to celebrate an exciting leap forwards for British children's TV

Save Kids’ Content and Pact will be holding a reception in the Houses of Parliament tomorrow to celebrate the passing of the amendment in the Digital Economy Act which has given Ofcom the powers necessary to revitalise children’s television. Hosted by Julie Elliott MP, this event is also a chance for industry experts and politicians to discuss the future of the genre, and how Ofcom should use their new powers to deliver the type of programming British children deserve. 

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Anne Wood CBE to appear on BBC Woman's Hour

Ahead of the reception to celebrate the successful amendment of the Digital Economy Bill, tune into campaign spokesman Anne Wood highlighting the opportunities this change will open up for the revival of the children's production sector. 

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Upcoming events to look out for!

  • Tomorrow, creators of Teletubbies and In the Night Garden Ragdoll Productions are excited to have a visit from local MP for Stratford-upon-Avon Nadhim Zahawi. This is an important recognition of our campaign and the importance of original home-grown children's television. Mr Zahawi will be there to see first-hand what a thriving children's production company looks like, and what our new legislation has been fighting for. 
  • On 4-6th July, the Children's Media Conference will unite experts and stakeholders from across the industry- watch out for one of our campaign partners' Pact's Rosina Robson's contribution to the panel discussion on Day 1. Also look out for our campaign flyers in each delegate's bag!  
  • On 12th July, Pact and the Ragdoll Foundation will be hosting a reception in Parliament to celebrate Ofcom's new powers to negotiate a settlement on children's programming with PSBs, and explore how Ofcom might best use them. This event will bring together politicians and experts from across the production sector to discuss the future of the genre! 

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Parliamentarians and industry experts to meet in July to discuss future of children’s television

Following the Save Kids’ Content campaign’s success in March in passing a new piece of legislation to the Digital Economy Bill, the Queen has given Royal Assent to the bill, making the change to law official. The broadcast regulator Ofcom now has the responsibility to impose criteria concerning the provision of children’s programmes on Public Service Broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5). This legal change is designed to make broadcasters negotiate an appropriate settlement for children with Ofcom, with a view to increasing the amount of new, home-grown content broadcast to children.

Ragdoll and Save Kids’ Content founder Anne Wood CBE, whose children’s television achievements include Rosie and Jim, Teletubbies, In The Night Garden and more, has hailed this as a ‘watershed moment for the children’s production sector’. Much will now depend on the criteria which Ofcom decides to negotiate with PSBs: these will be open to industry consultation, and as such it is vital that the production sector rallies to explore which measures would best help revitalise children’s television in the long term. Discussion of these measures with Ofcom will be essential to ensuring that PSBs’ increase their investment in UK-original, first-run children’s television.

To this end, the Ragdoll Foundation and the Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) will be hosting a reception in Parliament on 12th July, which will bring together parliamentarians and industry experts to discuss Ofcom’s new powers. Save Kids’ Content will also be attending this year’s Children’s Media Conference, to bring this discussion to an even wider audience.  

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Government supports new legislation to save children's TV passed this week!

The campaign to Save Kids’ Content has made an exciting leap forwards this week, as the Government has decided to support a new piece of legislation in the Digital Economy Bill.

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A watershed moment in the campaign to save British children's TV: Amendment scheduled for debate on Wednesday 22nd March!

The revised amendment is scheduled for debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday 22nd March. This is its last chance to pass through the Lords, and on to the Commons. 

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Don’t miss Anne Wood CBE on the Daily Politics, Monday 20th March!

Ahead of the Digital Economy Bill's Report Stage, watch campaign spokesman Anne Wood highlight the challenges facing UK children's TV on BBC 2.

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Amendment to the Digital Economy Bill to be debated again at Report Stage in March 2017...

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This is a golden moment to rescue UK-produced children’s programmes from decline and secure quality British made content for the future

Baroness Benjamin discusses the opportunities presented by the cross-party amendment to the Digital Economy Bill in the House of Lords.

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Amendment to the Digital Economy Bill

Peers including Baroness Benjamin, Baroness Bonham-Carter and Baroness Jones of Whitchurch have tabled a cross-party amendment to the Digital Economy Bill. The amendments represents the potential for a huge intervention in children's programming, putting it on a more sustainable footing.

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Save Kids' Content UK leads private dinner in Parliament

With the support of parliamentary host Charlotte Leslie MP, the Save Kids' Content UK campaign last night led a highly successful and productive private dinner on the issue of the decline of British-made children's television. 

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Save Kids' Content UK campaign sends open letter to Culture Secretary Karen Bradley MP

Following a successful launch in Parliament, Save Kids' Content UK has sent an open letter to the Culture Secretary Karen Bradley MP. The letter, which outlines the rationale behind the campaign, asks Ms Bradley how the Government intends to address the issue of the decline of children's television over the past fifteen years. 

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Read the Save Kids' Content UK 'Time to Act' Report

Following a successful launch in Parliament, please read below the Save Kids' Content UK report 'Time to act: reversing the decline in UK-made children's programming'. This outlines the significant decline of children's television in the UK over the last fifteen years and the rationale behind the campaign. 

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New campaign to save UK children’s programming launches in Parliament

Save Kids’ Content UK, a new campaign to highlight and reverse the decline of UK-made children’s programming, was launched last night (Tuesday 13th September) by a cross-party group of MPs and Anne Wood CBE, the founder of the Ragdoll Foundation and creator of programmes such as Teletubbies and In the Night Garden.

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The time is now - before it's too late

Rosina Robson, Head of Nations and Children’s at Pact, discusses the current challenges facing the children's television sector in the UK.

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New children’s media campaign welcomes boost in Channel 4 spend on programming for older children

Save Kids’ Content UK, a new campaign to highlight and reverse the decline of UK-made children’s programming, has welcomed an announcement by Channel 4 this week that the broadcaster is to increase its spending on programming for older children. However, the campaign is calling for further action to be taken to address the issue and hopes to engage the government on how British children’s television production companies can be better supported.

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Save Kids’ Content announces campaign launch in Parliament

Save Kids’ Content UK has announced the official launch its campaign, which is to take place on Tuesday 13th September in the House of Commons.

The campaign launch will bring together parliamentarians and key stakeholders in the broadcast sector, with a view to highlighting and reversing the decline of children’s television production in the UK.

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