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Broadcasting Programmes: Children

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his assessment is of the contribution of public service children’s television programmes to children’s development of knowledge and understanding of themselves and their environment; and if he will make a statement on future investment in UK commissioning and production of such programmes. (158433)

UK originated children’s television programming is a much valued and important part of the UK’s broadcasting environment.

The Government recognise that there are challenges to the ability of commercial public service broadcasters to sustain this type of programming. Ofcom issued a discussion paper on 3 October and the responses received will inform Phase 1 of their Public Service Broadcasting Review, which will be published in spring 2008, and the Government’s consideration of the future funding of public service provision.