'Is there a future for Welsh broadcasting?'

16 March 2015

The Parry-Williams building, where the debate will take place
The Parry-Williams building, where the debate will take place

The Royal Television Society, The Institute of Welsh Affairs, and Aberystwyth University's Department of Theatre, Film, and Television Studies host a debate on the question  'Is there a future for Welsh broadcasting?' on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

Held in the R. Gerallt Jones Studio, at the Parry-Williams Building, home of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, the debate gets underway at 6pm.

With Charter renewal, and the end of the current agreement between the BBC and S4C, in 2017, should we look at a separate funding arrangement for Wales, complete with a BBC Wales Trust?

What kind of media can we expect in our small country, and what might work for us in the new digital world?  Are we tinkering with a failing legacy set-up, or should we take part in a debate about all elements of the media - television, film, online, radio, print?

How is the new relationship between the BBC and S4C working?  What use of public resources, including the Licence Fee, DCMS and Welsh Government monies, would best support plurality of opinion, cultural variety and economic viability?

Have your say in this round table event along with Peter Edwards from independent production company Barefoot Rascals, Prof. Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones from Aberystwyth University, Dr Greg Bevan from Cymdeithas yr Iaith, Karl Davies BBC Trust, Huw Rossiter ITV Wales Communications, Siwan Hywel S4C Partnerships Officer, Tim Hartley and Hywel Wiliam Royal Television Society and representatives from the sector in Wales.

“We’re delighted to be able to host this discussion on the direction of an appropriate set of future policies in – and for – Wales in this field” said Prof Elin H G Jones. “There are major issues to be addressed, and these in turn have an impact on not only on our culture and economy but also on our social cohesion, governance and democracy”.

Translation facilities will be available.

Further information about the debate is available here.


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Professor Elin H G Jones
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Aberystwyth University
01970 622533 / elin.h.g.jones@aber.ac.uk

Arthur Dafis
Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
Aberystwyth University
01970 621763 / 07841 979 452 / aid@aber.ac.uk