Which means more time to put the Christ back into Christmas. And drink the whisky left by the hearth.
So may your Christmas be full of love, joy and peace. And don’t let Santa Claus eat all the pies.
For the first time in several years, the world of children’s media have things to celebrate this Christmas.
– The Animation and Games tax relief which will help our production sector compete with the rest of the world and ensure more home grown content for our children.
– Ofcom and the ASA’s swift implementation of the Bailey review’s recommendations, which will help put the brakes on the sexualisation and commercialisation of our children
– www.parentport.org.uk, which offers parents one-stop access to all the UK’s media regulators.
However, there are still many challenges in 2013, especially for Children’s theatre, fine arts, music and dance which have been endangered by changes in Education and cuts to public arts funding.
So whether you and your family settle down to watch the BBC’s Christmas Doctor Who, or C4’s The Snowman and The Snowdog, or watch a performance of The Nutcracker, or your local pantomime, please remember that Children’s Arts and Media are not just for Christmas….
With all good wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year,
I have long held a theory that there are two types of people: those that do things and those that take the photo of the thing being done. I’m now extending that theory to blogs and news feeds. If you have time to write one, you can’t really have any news. Which is, I think, an excellent reason why I’ve not written anything here since July. There have been too many things to be done. Everytime I think “I must do a bit of that self publicity”, something else far more exciting comes along and I think, “I must take a photo” but end up getting stuck into the something instead. Some of the somethings have been important as well as exciting and as we’ve reached the time of year for traditional smug reviews, I’ll do my best to catch up. In the meantime, there’s something I have to do.