In March 2009, as Welsh broadcasting suffered from further cuts in ITV Wales’s programme output for Wales and the prospect of five years of budget cuts at BBC Wales, the Institute of Welsh Affairs mounted a defence of English language television programming for Wales in English is a Welsh Language: Televisions’s crisis in Wales.* Its sixteen essays were part elegy for past glories, part cri de coeur as a nation’s visibility to itself was allowed to wither, and part affirmation that the problem can and must be solved. Its opening chapter was by the broadcaster and Chair of the IWA, Geraint Talfan Davies.
Archive for March, 2009
John Osmond suggests that the current controversies surrounding Tom Jones’s 1960s hit song betray an atavistic Welsh culture of defeat:
An ‘Obama moment’ could be far off in Wales, says Nick Morris:
James Foreman-Peck on keeping track of Wales’s position in the world:
Nick Morris considers how neighbourhoods could be made more child-friendly:
Peter Davies reflects on the opportunities for the west Wales economy presented by a new race course:
John Osmond reports on the political relevance of a weekend conference that took a backward glance at 1960s Wales:
March 2009: Welsh MPs: Skills and strong Welsh brand key in global economy – Engage with science – Cameron visits south Wales – Wales could go nuclear.
Euryn Ogwen Williams says Wales is entitled to £30m from the BBC’s digital switch-over fund to kick start English language programming: