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May 23, 2013

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» ‘Politics has to be about people’ – tackling the democratic deficit in Wales

Welsh politicians worried by the low level of public interest in their work have been told they need to make politics more interesting and relevant to people. Representatives of the media told a conference in Cardiff Bay that there was … Continue reading

May 2, 2013

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» Where are the journalists Wales needs?

If the job of journalists is to hold the powerful to account, it’s clearly important to have enough of them – and of the right type.  The late Patrick Hannan was one such – a man who grilled Welsh politicians … Continue reading

October 24, 2012

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» Radio: Watching the radio

By Beccy Leach I’ve been watching the radio. Not looking at a rectangular plastic thing in the corner of the room but watching BBC Radio 5 live online to see the presenters read from their screens, chat to their guests, … Continue reading

October 18, 2012

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» Radio: Do we need an alternative to Auntie?

By Lyndon Jones As a recovering BBC staffer, I now spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how an audio producer can make a living. Let me be clear – I’m not at all resentful of … Continue reading

October 12, 2012

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» Radio: Are we witnessing an evolution or a revolution?

“RADIO is evolving”. Yesterday, as I penned a few introductory paragraphs explaining the radio degree for a new undergraduate prospectus, I found myself writing those words. It took me some time to get any further. I took a trip down … Continue reading

September 27, 2012

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» Radio: Can training journalists transform societies?

Public service broadcasting is widely seen as a basic pillar of an open, democratic society in Britain. It’s epitomised by the BBC with its three aims – to inform, educate and entertain its audience.  When commercial television (ITV) and, later, … Continue reading

September 12, 2012

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» The Sun – they buy it but don’t trust it

Two reports in today’s Press Gazette throw fascinating light on the position of The Sun in British journalism.  The National Readership Survey suggests that more than 13 million adults read the paper in print and online every week.  But a separate study found … Continue reading

July 13, 2012

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» Moyles To Hang Up His Headphones

It was the best kept secret in radio broadcasting – Chris Moyles announced on air this morning that he was hanging up his headphones and leaving his “dream job” on the Radio 1 breakfast show after eight years. “Motor-mouth Moyles” … Continue reading

April 13, 2012

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» New BBC Director General not a journalist or programme maker?

IN an article for The Telegraph, former Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke, has warned anyone applying to take over from current incumbent Mark Thompson to expect sleep deprivation, relentless scrutiny and unimaginable criticism – plus a significant reduction … Continue reading

February 21, 2012

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» Masterclass from producer of BBC Story of Wales

Students at Glamorgan’s Atrium campus had a sneak preview of the new BBC Story of Wales, when John Geraint, creative director of Green Bay Media, who made the series, gave a masterclass on television production.  We can reveal that the … Continue reading