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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

April 30, 2012

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» Mission aborted – story of the independent news consortium for Wales

The Association for Journalism Education has launched its new journal – Journalism Education - with papers looking at the current developments in the business, including the impact of Twitter. The journal includes a look-back at the previous government’s plans for … Continue reading

August 19, 2010

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» Spend on public service broadcasting in Wales falls again

The continued decline in spending on public service broadcasting in Wales is highlighted by Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report, published today (19 August).

Expenditure on English-language TV programmes for viewers in Wales (by the BBC and ITV) fell by 16 per cent last year. Since 2004, spending in Wales has fallen by 44 per cent – the biggest drop in any of the four nations.

In light of the new government’s decision to scrap plans for an independently-funded news service on ITV Wales, it’s noteworthy that spending on news (on BBC Wales and ITV Wales) has fallen substantially.

By genre, the reduction in Wales was driven by an 18% (£1.6m) decline in spend on news
programming for viewers in Wales to £7.6m and a 17% (£3.5m) reduction on non-news/noncurrent affairs output in the nation to £17.2m. Investment in current affairs programming was broadly flat in real terms, down 2% to £2.7m in 2009.

The report does not cover recent, more encouraging, developments at ITV Wales which suggest that the network is rethinking its earlier decision to scrap its regional news service (a decision which led to the proposal for an independently-funded alternative). A number of journalists have been recruited for the Cardiff newsroom and there is an air of restrained optimism about the medium-term future.

The full Ofcom report – covering the whole of the UK – can be read here. The details for TV in Wales are accessible in a separate section.