Cardiff Media Summit 2015


November 11


09:30 am - 05:00 pm

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Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)


Wales Millennium Centre

Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

Cardiff Bay, GB, CF10 5AL

The second annual Cardiff Media Summit is being held on November 11th at the Wales Millennium Centre to discuss the findings of the IWA’s Media Audit which will be launched ahead of the conference. 

Sponsored by the BBC and hosted by the IWA, this is a fresh survey of the media in Wales – across print, broadcast and online and in Welsh and English – which is being carried out by the IWA’s media policy group and academics, and will include data and commentary on the state of the Welsh media. 

BBC Director of Strategy, James Purnell, will be delivering the keynote address on the challenges facing the BBC ahead of Charter Renewal and the future of the licence fee. 

The summit will also look at the major issues affecting broadcasting in Wales, including future devolution & governance, the problems faced by the independent sector and the future of radio in Wales.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, will also discuss the state of the creative industries in Wales with Professor Ian Hargreaves five years on from his report “The Heart of Digital Wales.”


0930            Registration

1000            Angela Graham, Chair, IWA Media Policy Group, with                            Hywel Wiliam, IWA Media Audit team

Welcome and introduction to the Summit. Outline of the media audit, its rationale, purpose and key issues.

1015             James Purnell, Director of Strategy, BBC

 Keynote address on the future of the BBC

1030            James Purnell in conversation

 To include – a new Charter, future of licence fee, Silk/SNP, S4C

1100            Two minute silence

1102           Open to Floor for dialogue


1140            Networking break

1215            Media in Wales – what’s the trend? 

Introduction with preface of relevant media audit conclusions by  member of audit team Ruth McElroy, University of South Wales

1230            What is the digital future for Wales?

Prof Ian Hargreaves (author of The Heart of Digital Wales) in conversation with Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, and Alwen Williams, Director, BT Cymru Wales

1315           Lunch


1400            Media Governance – what structures can deliver the best                        deal for readers, audiences and online users?

                       Introduction with preface of relevant media audit conclusions by   audit team member Elis Owen, IWA Media Policy group


1415            Breakout Discussion Sessions 1:  Radio / Press



1) Preseli Room: Press


A discussion to include ownership and regulation: Leveson, IPSO, Press Regulation Panel, Digital issues.




Chair: TBC




Panel: Jonathan Grun, Emeritus Editor, Press Association & Martin Moore, Director, Media Standards Trust (TBC)



                                               —- or —-

2) Japan Room: Radio



“The future of radio in Wales – why not let the market decide?”




Chair: Helen Bowden, Station Director, Swansea Sound




Panel: Martin Mumford, Group Managing Director, Town and Country Broadcasting & Sali Collins, Former Editor, BBC Radio Wales


1515            Break


1545             Breakout Discussion Sessions 2: Television / TV Indies


1) Preseli Room: Television

A discussion to include the role of OFCOM, the regulation of the BBC, the

future of S4C and ITV, and plurality.

Chair: Aled Eirug, IWA Media Policy Group

Panel: Elan Closs Stephens (National Trustree for Wales, BBC Trust) and

Blair Jenkins, former senior executive at STV and BBC Scotland.

                                               —- or —-

2) Japan Room: TV Indies


“Contestability & Commissioning – the Independent Sector in Wales”

A discussion to include the ending of the WOCC, Compete and Compare, the future of  Roath Lock, Channel 4, the role of ITV, employment & training.

Chair: TBC

Panel: Ian McKenzie, Nations & Regions Manager, Channel 4 (TBC) & John McVay, CEO, PACT 


1645             The Way Forward: Forging a Dynamic Media Future for Wales (based on chapter/recommendations in media audit)


Chair & panel: TBC


17.30          Close



 *A limited number of student bursaries are available for this event, please contact Laura Knight on [email protected] to discuss further.