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Tuesday, 9th February 2016

UK: IWA Wales Media Audit 2015

Source: Institute of Welsh Affairs (UK)

From the Introduction:

When the IWA conducted its 2008 audit it was clear that media deficiencies in Wales were, on any objective test, significantly worse than in either of the two other devolved territories, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The only exception to this was television provision in the Welsh language...

Seven years later, although, with some exceptions, the availability of communications has significantly improved, the position regarding content for audiences in Wales is considerably worse. Output and spend on English language television by BBC and ITV has further diminished, with an inevitable narrowing of the range of programmes. S4C has suffered the first ever cut in its funding. Ownership of commercial radio has undergone further consolidation, usually with consequent reductions in locally originated output. Like newspapers everywhere the print circulations of Welsh newspapers continue to drop, while their journalistic resources shrink.

While there have been substantial increases in the accessing of news through a range of digital platforms, this has not compensated for a reduction in the forensic capacity of Welsh journalism. In a situation that requires investment and coherence, overall Wales has seen market failure writ large.

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