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Broadcasting Programmes: Children

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to improve the provision of children’s programming by public service broadcasters. (134466)

[holding answer 27 April 2007]: In advance of their next scheduled PSB Review, Ofcom have announced they are looking at the future of children’s TV programming in the UK. We await the outcome of that review with interest.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the sustainability of the market for the commissioning of quality children's television programmes in the UK; and if she will make a statement. (134481)

The Government recognise that the changing broadcasting environment presents challenges to the ability of commercial public service broadcasters to sustain their programming for children.

We welcome Ofcom's review into children's television, due to be published this autumn, which will include the current state of the children's TV market and the sources of future funding for children's programming.