Chancellor of Exeter University, Floella Benjamin, has called for an “Obama type vision” to project children’s programming.
The former Playschool presenter was reacting to Ofcom’s recommendations for children’s television, which many Children’s TV campaigners see as weak.
In its report published today, Ofcom recognises children’s TV as an area of concern but does not treat it as a matter of equal priority to the continuation of news services from suppliers other than the BBC (it has also recognised the lack of incentive for ITV to provide distinctive regional news).
With strong Kids TV content coming from the Devon and Cornwall, such as Honiton’s award-winnng King Rollo films, Ofcom’s stance can be seen as disappointing.
Speaking in the Guardian, Benjamin, a founding member of Ofcom’s content board, said: “I feel so sad today, I could cry. It is blatantly obvious they are presiding over the collapse of an industry. What we need is an Obama type of vision, a policy which looks at the things which are heartland issues for the UK, and plans for the long term.”
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