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2007

2006 Showcomotion Conference

Inevitably, the 2006 conference weekend was dominated by the debate over Ofcom's proposed restrictions on advertising food to kids. The sale or closure of Granada Kids by ITV had been announced just before the conference and this was seen by many delegates as the first 'fall-out' from the impending ban. The Ofcom proposals sparked impassioned discussion in many sessions with TV execs and advertisers claiming the regulator should stop passing the childhood obesity buck to the media industry. It was argued that while commercial broadcasters, the indie sector and distributors all stand to be affected by a ban, the biggest losers will be children themselves as high quality UK-centred programmes will be cut back. A new sense of realism also gripped the conference as delegates explored the potential for new commissioners of kids' content to emerge and sought new approaches to funding.

At the end of the conference Anna Home OBE Chair of Showcomotion Children's Media Conference was mandated by delegates to approach the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and Ofcom to outline the concerns of delegates. It was also agreed that interested delegates and members of the Showcomotion Children's Media Conference Advisory Committee would meet to decide how to progress a campaign to save UK produced quality children's television.

Following on from the conference, a letter from Anna Home OBE Chair of Showcomotion Children's Media Conference was sent to Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and copied to Ofcom.

Download a copy of the letter here (PDF).

If you wish to join the campaign elist, visit www.savekidstv.org.uk

Click here for the 2006 Flickr photo blog.