Media regulator Ofcom has voiced concerns about the amount of children’s TV being made in Britain.
Ed Richards, Ofcom’s chief executive, said the amount of programming for children being produced in Britain is “not as good as it would ideally be.”
Speaking to the Culture, Media and Sport comittee, Richards went on to say: “It would be a lot worse if you did not have the BBC and there was a complete vacuum and essentially we just had poor quality or exclusively imports of children’s programmes from other countries.”
He added, “My concern for children’s [programming] is ‘is there that diversity of supply which keeps everybody on top of their game’,” reports The Telegraph.
Former Playschool presenter Floella Benjamin, who is now a Lib Dem peer, also said in the House of Lords this week: “Children’s television is in terrible need of assistance… Children’s television is not part of the success story of the British creative industries because despite the fact that there are about 30 dedicated children’s TV channels only 1% of new children’s programmes are made in the UK.”
Many children’s shows like The Octonauts, In the Night Garden, Shaun the Sheep, Strange Hill High and Something Special are made in Britain, though plenty of popular series such as What’s New, Scooby-Doo, Dino Dan, The Fairly Odd Parents, Pat & Stan and Arthur are bought in from overseas.
What do you think? Should there be more British-made children’s shows on TV?
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