BBC Radio 1 and 2 urged to provide Welsh news

The National Assembly for Wales says BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 should provide a news opt-out for Wales, with the BBC picking up the cost.

In a report published this week, titled “The Committee’s Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales” the Assembly recommends that the BBC Director General should provide an additional £30 million annually for English language drama and broadcasting about Wales.

It goes on to say: “Radio 2 is the most listened to radio station in Wales and yet provides virtually no Welsh specific news content. We note that a Wales news opt-out for Radio 2 and Radio 1 will be considered as part of the BBC’s news review.

“This is not before time. The news output of these stations does little to promote the very distinctive news agendas in Wales or elsewhere in the UK and does much to create and reinforce confusion about responsibility for political decisions within the different nations of the UK.”

The report also says the Assembly intends to hold an Inquiry on the future of radio in Wales, which will look in particular at issues around commercial radio.

You can read the full report here (PDF).

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