What's Going On in Wales?
By Josh Lincoln
Posted 11 November 2015, 10.42am est
IWA study says BBC and ITV have slashed spending on programmes for Wales, while the closure of local newspapers has resulted in ‘black holes’ in reporting
Not too a big fan of Welsh media, still I do kinda care what's going on there. People aren't to blame that they're not Scottish:) Interesting at times - in places, so on.
Now. Black holes? Do you believe it's possible? Like physically?? To me it is something new, so I don't know yet - kinda strange anyway...
Could S4C & BBC work together to create a Wales version of BBC Alba?
The Channel 3 service in the Scottish Borders with Dumfries & Galloway (D & G) suffered a dearth of Scottish Border news output after digital switchover. That is, until OFCOM intervened with the result of a full version of Scottish Borders news being re-established, if not enhanced, with nightly programmes dedicated to the Scottish Borders and D & G...
Err, S4C is the original version of BBC Alba, and originally had both BBC & HTV contributing to it. Now, ITV don't really contribute to S4C and only BBC does.
Bringing this back to radio a moment, there are no BBC local radio stations in Wales. You have BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, but these are in essence, national stations for the nation of Wales. You now also have a mini-network "Heart Wales", and a semi-mini-network Capital, with 3 stations covering most of Wales. The other stations barely register at the moment on people's radar because Heart and Capital have taken all the old heritage slots.
As to the idea of 'black holes', it's not an unknown concept to me. I'm aware that for years, West Dorset was all but a black hole in coverage as far as the BBC was concerned, and even now, coverage is still somewhat spotty. BBC South West is predominantly Devon & Cornwall based, and always has been. BBC South covers some of East Dorset, mainly around Bournemouth in that respect, but West Dorset has generally been between stations. BBC Dorset 103.8 FM was previously an opt-out to BBC Radio Devon. Now it's an opt-out to BBC Solent.
So, it wouldn't surprise me if some parts of Wales get significantly less reporting coverage than other areas.
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