Manchester to host next World Summit on Media for Children in 2017

The event takes place once in three years. 1500 delegates from around the world will attend and see the latest goings on in media for children. The summit will take place in December 2017, with a theme ‘The Universal Needs of Children’. It will look at empowerment, learning, entertainment, connection and protection through talks, masterclasses, workshop sessions and debates.

WSMCF president Dr Patricia Edgar said, “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.”

BBC Children’s director Alice Webb said, “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”.