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January 30, 2013

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» New Publication Explores Theatre & Performance in Small Nations

Key questions about the relationship between theatre, performance, national identity and the nation are explored in a new collected of essays entitled Theatre & Performance in Small Nations, published by Intellect. Drawing on examples ranging from small European ‘stateless’ nations … Continue reading

September 5, 2012

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» Wales tops radio listening – but TV tops for local news

Adults in Wales listen to radio more than those in any other nation of the UK, according to Ofcom’s latest Welsh ‘market report’.  But they turn to TV as their main source for local news – again more than in … Continue reading

May 4, 2012

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» Glamorgan Graduate Elected in Cardiff

THE political landscape of Wales has changed again today.  As the results of the council elections are revealed, it’s apparent that Welsh Labour is enjoying its best showing since local council reorganisation in 1996.. I’ve always loved election nights. Having … 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

February 2, 2012

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» How to do a literature search outside of academia

Updated: February 11, 2013 Following graduation, I have found it useful for my personal research and professional development to have continued access to ‘library and information science’ online databases.  Although I no longer have access through Loughborough University where I studied, and … Continue reading

January 9, 2012

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» The Media Policy Agenda for Wales

As the UK Government prepares to publish its Communications Green Paper, the first step towards a new Communications Act, Huw David Jones reports on the priorities for Welsh stakeholders.  This blog was orginally published on the LSE Media Policy Project. … Continue reading

November 17, 2011

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» Live blog: Is there a future for the press in Wales?

Virtually join our conference, Future of the press in Wales, which was held Saturday 19 Nov from 10am to 4pm. Our team of student journalists — Holly Stott-Penna, Tudor Rus and Therese Wynn-Davies — live blogged the event as it … Continue reading

October 31, 2011

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» Citizen journalism or ‘talented reporters’ – what does Wales need?

The Assembly Member who’s heading up an inquiry into the media in Wales will be speaking at a conference on the future of the Welsh press on 19 November. Ken Skates AM, writing in today’s Western Mail, says the country … Continue reading

October 3, 2011

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» Is there a future for the press in Wales?

A one-day conference at the Atrium in Cardiff – Saturday 19 November 2011. This is an opportunity to analyse the crisis in the Welsh press and to look for solutions which will provide the citizens of Wales with the journalism … 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.