Following a prompt from Carwyn Donovan, I see that the BBC are reporting a new partnership – a formal agreement – between the BBC and Creative Wales. Carwyn and the Bectu reps in Wales have built a strong relationship with Creative Wales throughout the pandemic. In Carwyn’s view, the Welsh Government is committed to fair work and is particularly interested in doing what it can to address the injustices for precarious workers in the industry.
Concerns have been raised in the past about the way that Wales is portrayed, and this initiative is intended to support high-quality drama, comedy, and factual TV content.
All of this is a useful addendum to an earlier post on how cultural regulation is not just good for the promotion of cultural diversity but also drives investment.
It is particularly valuable at this moment because there is something of a perfect storm raging over UK TV’s ability to project the UK through its TV screens – an issue that we have never really worried about in the past because it’s never been a problem (but when you speak to culture ministers in most other countries, they will tell you that they would give almost anything to do this as well as the UK has traditionally done it.
Meanwhile, Broadcast are reporting [£] ….
“The BBC has committed to ordering three scripted and three factual shows every 12 months from Wales over the next three years as it strikes a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Creative Wales.
A minimum of two network dramas and a single comedy series, alongside three peak time factual shows, will be produced from Wales each year until 2024 under the agreement, which also includes a commitment to doubling the number of network shows that portray Wales.
To support its aims, the corporation will boost engagement of BBC network commissioners with Welsh indies and “support sustainability and skills development”.”