Zoom webinar hosted by CCMA (TV3), introduced by Neil Bennett
June 9th 2021
11:00 – 12:30 CET / 10.00 - 11.30 GMT

This special webinar, the brainchild of Jordi Fortuny from CCMA in Spain, focused on the increasing need for, and popularity of children’s TV news, and how it has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic for public service broadcasters to give young people a voice.

During the session we heard from several case studies across Europe:

Núria Vilanova, Editor
InfoK (TV3, Catalonia)
TV3's children's news program https://www.ccma.cat/tv3/super3/infok/

Carole Pujol, Editorial Chief
TIC TAK (France3 Bretagne) & Lumni Platform (France Télévisions)
Tic Tak, the news magazine of young “Bretons” proposes each week in 7 minutes around a main theme: a summary of the news, an infographic decryption read by a child, a review of an older news story (discovery or heritage) and a section called «les p'tits virtuoses» (“small virtuosos”- the portrait of a young person who shares his passion)”. Designed for broadcast on television and social networks.

Tina Antonic, Editor of INFODROM, Vice-President of the EBU Youth News Exchange group INFODROM (RTVSLO, Slovenia)
A weekly news programme for youths on TV Slovenija

Nick Simons, Producer, Presenter
TV 2 Skole (Norway)
Producer of two weekly news shows for kids on channel TV2 Skole

Laura Jones, former BBC Newsround journalist

The panel introduced viewers to their respective programmes, and discussed their approaches to making television news specifically for young people. As we often find during CIRCOM conversations with broadcasters from different countries, there is a great deal of shared experience, and this topic was no exception.

The panelists discussed best practice in producing news content for young people, and the key philosophies were the need to be honest, to introduce elements of fun into news, to hear the voices of children themselves, and to keep the subject matter relevant and engaging.

This session is a must-watch for any broadcaster wanting to launch a news service for young people, and also for journalists who already work in children’s news across the continent.