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Multimillion pound funds for UK radio and television now open and accepting funding applications

The hunt for the next big thing in radio and young people’s television has begun, as applications have opened for a share of the UK Government’s financed £60 million fund set up to provide a boost to the UK’s Radio and Television sector.

Over the past decade the output of children’s television from public service broadcasters (PSBs) in the UK has been in decline, with them spending roughly 40% less than they did in 2006.

As a result a significant amount of programming on children’s channels now consist of repeats. The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), being administered by the British Film Institute (BFI), will aim to help reverse that trend and is the first of its kind to specifically focus on television for young people under the age of 18.

The Audio Content Fund (ACF) will be used to produce distinctive, public service radio programming that is traditionally more difficult to support on a commercial basis. This includes programmes such as documentaries, comedy, drama and light entertainment.

As part of a series of Audio Content Fund briefings planned for 2019, interested Producers can now sign up for a briefing in Swansea on 16 April at 11am, click here to find out more.

Both funds will also provide a boost to indigenous UK languages programming such as Welsh and Gaelic, with an aim to invest 5% of the total fund on this.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

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