CMC 2012 – a blogger writes

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2012 2:33pm

I (writes Blogger Sanjay D’Humieres) am zipping along the East Midlands countryside as I am writing my first blog post for this year’s CMC and I can’t wait to reach Sheffield and get stuck in. It is going to be my second year blogging at the conference and last year’s event was a great experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.

As the media industry faces tough economic conditions, cuts are inevitable and are already happening. But the question is will children’s TV continue to prosper with more investments being made, or will it have to face the same fate as all the other genres in the UK TV industry? During last year’s conference some delegates raised concerns that not enough is being done to protect children’s content from budget reductions and that the BBC alone cannot and should not be the sole provider of content for those aged 0 to 12.

At a Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) event last November, Joe Godwin, Director BBC Children’s made it clear that his department would get extra funding for further commissions and new programmes and that so far he was immune from the Corporation’s restructuring programme, Delivering Quality First (DQF). But will this last? For how much longer will he receive this extra cash? And finally has Joe’s department’s move to MediaCityUK in Salford had a positive or negative impact on programmes for children?

These are some of the questions I would like to see answered during CMC 2012.

And of course as well as blogging, I’ll be Tweeting throughout the conference (@sanjaydhumieres) keeping you updated on the events I’m covering.