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The World Summit on Media for Children Foundation has chosen Manchester and BBC Children’s as hosts for the next World Summit in 2017. The summit will welcome over 1,500 delegates from around the globe to Manchester in December 2017.

“The members of the Foundation were unanimous in their agreement that Team Manchester’s bid was exceptional and one with which WSMCF will be proud to be associated. We are pleased to be working with one of the world’s preeminent producers of media for children in the BBC and to see the emphasis on digital media, the inclusion of a creative children’s program and the ambition to leave a genuine legacy following the Summit.” – WSMCF President, Dr Patricia Edgar

World Summits on Media for Children are held every three years and provide a forum for producers, broadcasters, educators and regulators and other professionals committed to the improvement of quality media for children. The Summits have travelled around the world since they first started in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, it has been to London, Thessaloniki, Rio De Janerio, Johannesburg, Karlstad, and Kuala Lumpur.

With BBC Children’s as the lead content partner, Marketing Manchester and Conference Partners created the successful bid to host the 8th World Summit on Media for Children in 2017.The World Summit on Media for Children Foundation is a global movement committed to developing and improving the quality of media for children.

The vision for the 8th WSMC is to bridge the differences across the enormously diverse media world and find synergies with the exploration of a single uniting theme ‘The Universal needs of Children’. Firmly putting children and young people first, they propose to explore a diverse range of issues of particular relevance to the media and technology industries through the creative, educational and technological challenges and opportunities they present. The universal needs of children, including empowerment, learning, entertainment, connection and protection, will form the organising principle behind the rich and varied programme, and will be explored through talks, masterclasses, workshop sessions and debates. At the Summit’s conclusion the ambition is to harness the collective brain and will power of the Summit to create a lasting global legacy.

Manchester is uniquely placed to facilitate the creation of something exciting as it brings together BBC Children’s, BBC research and development and a number of BBC software developers. Along with the City of Manchester’s ambition to become a world leader in the digital industries, with a wealth of digital agencies based here, and the partnerships which could be converged around a global summit, provides a critical mass for innovation.

“The BBC is delighted to be the lead content provider for the summit. The BBC has been producing media for children for over 90 years and we are constantly inspired to strive harder and challenge ourselves to break new boundaries to inform, entertain, educate and inspire the youngest members of society. Manchester is a very fitting place to hold the summit, not only is it the home of BBC Children’s, including our two dedicated channels CBeebies and CBBC, but it also has an active and growing creative, media and digital sector who will embrace and celebrate this international event” – Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s

The World Summit on Media for Children Foundation takes place in Manchester from the 5th-7th of December 2017.

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