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£60 Million up for grabs...
Apr 1st, 2019, 2:51pm
Gov.UK reports .....
"£60 million search begins for the next Peppa Pig, Art Attack and Desert Island Discs.

Multimillion pound funds for UK radio and television now open and accepting funding applications.

The hunt for the next big thing in radio and young people’s television has begun, as applications opened today for a share of a Government financed £60 million fund set up to provide a boost to the UK’s Radio and Television sector.".

In the notes to editors.. Gov.Uk state ...

In 2016, 98% of children’s content on commercial children’s channels and 91% on public service broadcasters were repeats.

In 2017, Ofcom found that over 40% of 12-15 year olds felt that the content they watched did not reflect their lives.

Production levels of new children’s content have declined over the past decade, with public service broadcasters spending roughly 40% less than they did in 2006 (down from £116 million in 2006 to £70 million in 2017).

Commercial radio is listened to by 65% of UK adults (over 35 million people) every week.

Commercial radio stations broadcast an average of 13 hours of public service content each week, mostly consisting of news [size=12][/size]and sport, travel, weather, charity appeals and local events.

The pilot is also aimed at stimulating greater variety in a market where the BBC is often the dominant buyer and broadcaster of children’s content. In 2016, the BBC accounted for 87% of all first run UK originated children’s programming by PSBs.

The full Gov.UK Press release is available here.
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