5 September 2012

Broadcasting in Wales, New Advisory Group

Broadcasting Strategy and Implementation specific for Wales now has a new advisory group that meets once a month, this new group will advise First Minister Carwyn Jones on new policies and decisions.

The main focus will be on public broadcasting ensuring a Welsh cultural, linguistic, economic interests. Furthermore, advising on UK-wide issues such as, the Communications Bill, the new BBC charter and license discussions, the renewal of ITV licenses and the BBC’s role in the funding and regulation of S4C.

The members of the advisory board are:
  • Ron Jones, of Tinopolis, one of the largest independent media companies in the UK.

  • Emyr Byron Hughes, independent production and consultancy.

  • Professor Justin Lewis - Professor of Communication and Head of the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

  • Hilary Boulding - Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

First Minister Carwyn Jones stated: "Broadcasting in Wales is at a pivotal point. We live in a rapidly developing digital landscape and both BBC Wales and S4C face challenges. "I want to make sure public service broadcasting remains strong and central to our national dialogue and reflects the country we are today, providing services in both English and Welsh. "This new group will use its extensive knowledge and experience to advise the Welsh Government on how to secure a strong future for public broadcasting in Wales." Source.