Mass Media: Children

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th December 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of children's media from the UK to promoting British culture and principles in the UK and abroad.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to address the market failure identified by Ofcom in the provision of UK children's media content.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to establishing a commissioning fund, independent of the BBC Licence Fee, for UK children's media.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to encourage commercial broadcasters and content providers to invest in the UK children's audience.

Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that children's media continue to contribute to the social cohesion and cultural development of society.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government recognises the important contribution children’s television makes to promoting British culture and the UK economy. In April, the Government introduced a new tax relief for children's ‘live action’ television productions to attract inward investment and support our domestic market. We have noted the issues identified by Ofcom and will continue to monitor the sector and consider whether further measures are needed.

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