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Welsh Government told to keep watching the broadcasters

A report from Assembly Members has told the Welsh Government that it must get involved in safeguarding Welsh television programmes. A committee chaired by Labour AM Ken Skates also calls for action on radio and newspapers. The main recommendations include:

  • An independent forum to advise on media policy and the devolution of broadcasting.
  • The current ITV Wales service to be the minimum requirement for the renewal of the Channel 3 licence.
  • Opportunities for a Wales-specific Channel 3 licence should be explored.
  • S4C funding should be kept under review
  • BBC Wales political coverage should be kept under review, in the light of budget cuts.
  • Continued support for community radio.
  • The media regulator Ofcom to have specific Welsh language duties.
  • Engagement with newspaper companies to provide a viable response to job losses and newspaper closures.

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