Row over shift for Swansea Sound’s Welsh show

A pressure group has criticised Swansea Sound’s plans to move its nightly Welsh language show to later in the evening.As we reported last week, the medium wave station is sharing an 80s show with sister stations Pulse 2 in Bradford and Signal 2 in Stoke from tonight, presented by Ray Rose.

But Welsh language pressure group Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg has told the BBC it’s not happy about the change, which sees the station’s Welsh programme move to the 10pm slot instead.

“Is Swansea Sound a station for Swansea or a region in England?” said Aled Powell, the campaign group’s broadcasting spokesman. “Downgrading the Welsh language like this is part of a wider pattern of commercial radio stations broadcasting less and less Welsh and Welsh language content. They’re less local than ever before.”

Swansea Sound is required by Ofcom to produced 12 hours of Welsh programming each week – and the station has confirmed that this will continue.

Terry Underhill, group programme director at Wireless Group said: “Our commitment to Welsh language programming remains unchanged and we continue to produce more dedicated Welsh language programmes than any other Commercial Radio Station in Wales. This means we will continue to produce 12 hours of Welsh programming every week.

“Our research confirms that the 80s is the most popular decade for music in Wales and this listener demand has prompted our change.”

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