AMs: We Need to Safeguard Health of Our Media

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), May 10, 2012 | Go to article overview

AMs: We Need to Safeguard Health of Our Media


WALES needs an independent panel to monitor the health of the nation's media, a cross-party group of AMs will report today.

They will call for a panel to advise on "sustainable" policies to safeguard the Welsh media.

The group, set up by the Assembly's communities, equality and local government committee, wants the panel to investigate the devolution of powers over broadcasting to Wales and how print-based media can go forward.

The four-person "task and finish" group recommends that the Welsh Government commissions a review which would identify the forms of media used by people across the country.

They want the Assembly to have a role in monitoring political coverage provided by BBC Wales and the funding of S4C.

Its report, published today, states the Welsh Government should make representations to the UK Government to give the communications regulator specific Welsh language duties in new legislation.

The group argues Welsh ministers should "develop a protocol with the UK Government for dealing with broadcasting issues which are not devolved".

The AMs' report states they should "ensure that it is in a position to engage with newspaper companies so that viable measures can be put in place when it becomes apparent that either significant numbers of jobs are to be lost, or newspapers are going to be closed".

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