New Kids’ TV Show Emerges From The Mister Rogers Universe

NEW YORK (AP) — Mister Rogers’ neighborhood is expanding. In rare welcome news of sprawl, PBS Kids is releasing a new puppet-led series called “Donkey Hodie,” inspired from characters in the original Fred Rogers TV show. “Every part of it seems to be infused with joy and heart and humor,” says Adam Rudman, who co-created […]

Lawmakers Call YouTube Kids a ‘Wasteland Of Vapid’ Content

In a letter sent Tuesday to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, the U.S. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy said YouTube does not do enough to protect kids from material that could harm them. Instead it relies on artificial intelligence and creators’ self-regulation to decide what videos make it on to the platform, according to the letter.

YouTube Officially Rolls Out Changes To Children’s Content Following FTC Settlement

YouTube Limits Data Collection On Kids Videos

YouTube will soon limit the data it collects on videos designed for children to comply with a federal privacy clampdown, pleasing consumer advocates but delivering a potential financial blow to creators of free kids’ content.

Celebration As ‘Sesame Street’ Turns 50

The first episode of Sesame Street — sponsored by the letters W, S and E and the numbers 2 and 3 — aired in the fall of 1969. The show was designed by education professionals and child psychologists with one goal: to help low-income and minority students aged 2-5 overcome some of the deficiencies they had when entering school.

YouTube To Roll Out Separate Site For Kids

Google announced on Wednesday that it would be creating a separate YouTube site to host videos for children, following accusations that the video-streaming site had been violating children’s privacy laws. The site rolling out this week will be a web version of the YouTube Kids app that has been around since 2015, Google said in a blog post on Wednesday.

CBS All Access Adding Children’s Programming

Netflix Buys Children’s Media Brand

Netflix acquired the StoryBots children’s media brand as the world’s largest streaming service prepares to challenge rival Walt Disney Co.’s kid-friendly online platform scheduled to start in November.

NBCU Launches Daily, 2-Minute Newscast For Kids

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O’Rielly: The Kids Rules Aren’t Alright

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly is spearheading a review of the FCC’s children’s television requirements that he hopes to launch in the summer and complete by year’s end.

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O’Reilly Targets FCC’s 3-Hour Kid Vid Rule

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: “[T]he commission needs to reconsider the ineffective and burdensome requirements currently imposed on our nation’s broadcasters to air a certain amount of educational and informational children’s programming on a weekly basis, colloquially referred to as Kid Vid.”

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Kids Fine Shows FCC Still In Enforcement Biz

The FCC announced a consent decree with WMBC Newton, N.J., where the licensee,  Mountain Broadcasting, agreed to pay $17,500 for failing to identify “core” educational and informational programming directed to children with the required “E/I” symbol on the programming itself. This programming was, according to the consent decree, run on the station’s multicast streams — stations having an obligation to run at least 3 hours of educational and informational programming on each of its program streams.

Groups To FCC: Don’t Weaken Kids Rules

The commission is urged to “protect programming and advertising safeguards for children’s TV.”

Producers Want More Digitally Savvy Kids Shows

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FCC Moving KidVid Reports To LMS

Attention, all you Class A and commercial TV licensees. The FCC has announced that the next time you go to file a quarterly Children’s Programming Report (that would be Form 398), you’ll have to do it through the commission’s work-in-progress Licensing and Management System (LMS).

Litton Is Multiple Parents’ Choice Winner

Litton Entertainment and its partners have been honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to quality children’s media, with 16 awards. Litton’s awarded programs are a part of the three-hour television block titled Litton’s Weekend Adventure that air on ABC stations nationwide, programs produced for CBS Network’s branded three […]

FCC Fines Oregon Licensee For Filing Violations

The FCC today issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Better Life Television for failing to file Children’s Television Programming Reports for three quarters for its KTVC Roseburg (DMA 139), KBLN Grants Pass (DMA 140) and K23EX-D Medford (DMA 140), all Oregon. The commission is fining Better Life $3,000.

FCC Fines KTGM Over Kids Programming Filings

The FCC has fined Sorensen Television Systems (the licensee of KTGM Tamuning, Guam) $9,000 failing to file Children’s Television Programming Reports with the FCC for nine quarters. The commission also said Sonensen also apparently willfully and/or repeatedly failed to file in the station’s electronic public file copies of its quarterly TV issues/programs lists for twelve […]

Comcast Launches New TV Zone For Kids

FCC Renews 3 Stations, Warns Others

The FCC has renewed the licenses of three TV stations held by large broadcast groups, rejecting petitions to deny filed by a citizen’s organization arguing that the children’s educational and informational programming run by these stations was not sufficiently educational or informational to meet FCC requirements. The licensees were able to present evidence that these programs did meet the requirements. However, the FCC warned stations to be careful in their assessments of the educational nature of children’s programs.

Nickelodeon To Launch Streaming Service

Viacom’s Nickelodeon plans to launch a video subscription service this spring, joining the chase for younger viewers who increasingly are watching programming on digital devices.

CW Joins With Litton For Sat. Morning E/I Block

The CW this October will debut a 10-show, five-hour Saturday morning educational/informational block called One Magnificent Morning from Litton Entertainment with such shows including Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition and Calling Dr. Pol with veterinarian Jan Pol from Nat Geo Wild’s The Incredible Dr. Pol, The CW and Litton announced this today. One […]

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FCC Detective Work Leads To Renewal Fines

If there had been any doubt that the FCC’s Media Bureau would check a television station’s online public inspection file to confirm the truthfulness of certifications made by the licensee in a pending license renewal application, that doubt has been eliminated. In a notice released Dec. 3, the commission has proposed a $9,000 fine against the licensee of two Michigan TV stations on the grounds that each station had filed their Children’s Television Programming Reports late, and that they failed to report those violations in responding to one of the certifications contained in their license renewal applications

‘Mister Rogers’ Spin-Off Debuts On PBS

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, an animated show built around the fictional young offspring of Rogers’s original puppet characters, including Daniel Striped Tiger, is aimed at a narrow demographic, 2-to-4-year-olds. It starts today and will air twice daily on most PBS stations.

NBC, Sprout Team For Six New Kids Shows

Series feature both animated and live-action segments, all designed to focus on developmental needs and healthy lifestyles.

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Noncom KNPB To Cut 2.5 Hours Of Kids Programs

Tribune Taps Longneedle For Kids Programs

Over the next three TV seasons, Longneedle Entertainment will gradually supply two of the three hours of children’s educational programming required by the FCC. It starts this fall with On the Spot, a trivia game show.