Reform or Revolution: A new blueprint for children’s media

Thursday 1st July 2010, 11:00am - 12:30pm BST

Showroom Cinema 4

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For the last five years children’s media professionals have been preoccupied with the debate surrounding the break-up of the old BBC/ITV duopoly and the significant loss of business that followed on from this seismic shift in the industry. This session will attempt to jettison some of the baggage from that debate and look to the future.

The main speaker will provide a provocative, personal perspective on what we might hope for from the children’s media industry over the next ten years, focusing on broad objectives and without necessarily considering all the practical limitations. The speaker will come from outside the industry but will have experience of policy and an understanding of the issues effecting children and young people.

The panel will then discuss the implications of this media utopia and consider the advantages and disadvantages in the spirit of ‘new politics’. Is this a ‘coalition agreement’ they can sign up to? How far away are we from this utopian vision? What can the industry do to shape and deliver a new blueprint for children’s media? What are the practical limitations?

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