Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Save Kids TV has written to Sir Michael Lyons (Word doc) at the BBC Trust requesting more funding for UK-made programming which, they say, reflects the diverse lives British children lead today, representing society and the world around them in a way imported shows never can. The letter is signed by:-

  • Anna Home, Chair Save Kids' TV, Children's Film & Television Foundation and former Head of BBC Children's Programmes
  • Anne Brogan, Director, Kindle Entertainment
  • Anne Wood, MD, Ragdoll Productions
  • Bernard Ashley, Screenwriter and Author
  • Bernie Corbett, General Secretary, Writers' Guild of Great Britain
  • Biddy Baxter, Former editor Blue Peter, BBC Children's Programmes
  • Billy Macqueen, MD, Darrall Macqueen Ltd
  • Carole Tongue, Chair of the UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity, Former MEP
  • Christine Payne, General Secretary, Equity
  • Edward Barnes, Former Head of BBC Children's Programmes
  • Estelle Hughes, MD, 3Line Media
  • Floella Benjamin, Broadcaster and producer
  • Gary Pope, MD, Kids Industries
  • Gillian Cross, Author
  • Isabelle Gutierrez, Research & Press Official, Musicians Union
  • Jacqueline Wilson, Author
  • Jocelyn Hay, President, Voice of the Listener and Viewer
  • Jocelyn Stevenson, Creative Director TT Animation
  • John McVay, CEO, PACT
  • Lewis Rudd, Former Controller of Children's Programmes, Thames TV, Central TV and Carlton TV
  • Lord Rix
  • Nigel Pickard, Director of Family Entertainment and Drama, RDF Media, former Controller BBC Children's,
  • Oli Hyatt & Daniel Isman, Blue Zoo Productions
  • Owen Atkinson, CEO Authors’ Licensing and Rights Society
  • Philip Pullman, Author
  • Professor David Buckingham, Director, Centre for the Study of Children Youth and Media, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Professor Jeanette Steemers, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster
  • Professor Máire Messenger Davies, PhD, FRSA, Director, Centre for Media Research, School of Media, Film and Journalism, University of Ulster
  • Professor Sylvia Harvey, Chair, Citizens' Coalition for Public Service Broadcasting
  • Russell T Davies, Producer/writer
  • Sarah Baxter, Broadcasting Group Secretary, Society of Authors
  • Sophie Chalk, Director of Campaigns, International Broadcasting Trust
  • Stephen Garrett, Executive Chairman, Kudos Film and Television
  • Susan Stranks, National Campaign for Children's Radio
  • Tony Robinson, Actor, broadcaster
  • Will Brenton, Founder and Director, Wish Films

    Newsround Blog agrees with the sentiments of the above letter, but with the following additions:

    Funding is not insubstantial, yet the service provided at present by the BBC is skewed, with little or no provision for teenagers and those kids from vulnerable groups. The BBC has been shown to surreptitiously discriminate, especially against older children. There's no point in extra funding for TV if that funding is merely to entrench the status quo.

    See also this blog about Phil Redmond's RTS lecture. Phil was not one of the signatories.
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