Since the creation of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999, there has been increased divergence in Wales from the rest of the UK. With powers over education, health and parts of the economy, Wales is now pursuing different policies and having different results in these areas. Yet, the ability of the media to report on these Welsh developments over this time has actually decreased. News and Current Affairs are not the only areas that face challenges.
The Media Policy Group of the IWA looks behind the presenting problems to analyse the causes of media constriction. We work with varieties of expertise and across institutions to pull together the best thinking and the most considered experience. We contribute research-based inputs to the development of policies that will deliver to Wales a healthy media future in both English and Welsh.
Following our Media Audit of 2008 we produced the influential Wales Media Audit 2015, a 145-page account of output in Press, Broadcasting and Digital media which included a much-praised review of media policy and presented recommendations for reform and development.
During 2016 we were at the forefront in formulating a robust response from Wales during the BBC Charter Renewal Debate and commented in the UK parliament and Welsh Assembly hearings on major consultations across the media menu, such as David Puttnam’s A Future for PSB TV. Our submissions to the DCMS Public Consultation and the Independent Review into how the BBC is Governed and Regulated can be found below; other documents will be posted.
We organise the influential Cardiff Media Summit. The third summit, with the theme: The Media Future of Wales was held on 29 March 2017.
Wales produces world-class work and does not lack talent or commitment. It needs creative media policies from its own government, a holistic approach to both Welsh and English language media and appreciation at the UK level of the interests of Welsh media users and producers.
The 2020 Wales Media Audit will be published in Summer 2020.