Meetings

Scrutiny of Broadcasting and Media

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Meeting: 18/03/2021 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 Letter to the BBC requesting supplementary information

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Meeting: 04/03/2021 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

Annual scrutiny of the BBC: discussion of evidence

Minutes:

Members agreed to write to the UK Government on the process for determining the licence fee and to write to the BBC to request further details of representation data for BBC Wales.


Meeting: 04/03/2021 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 Annual scrutiny of the BBC

Tim Davie, Director General, BBC

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales

Elan Closs Stephens, Board member for Wales

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Members asked questions of Tim Davie, Rhodri Talfan Davies and Elan Closs Stephens.


Meeting: 14/01/2021 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Correspondence with BBC Cymru Wales on Licence Fee Settlement Process and the Ofcom Review

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Meeting: 10/10/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 Annual Scrutiny of ITV Cymru Wales

Phil Henfrey, Head of News and Programmes, ITV Cymru Wales

Jonathan Hill, Editor, Network Programmes, ITV Cymru Wales

Zoe Thomas, Editor, English Language Programmes, ITV Cymru Wales

Branwen Thomas, Acting Editor, Welsh Language Programmes, ITV Cymru Wales

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 Witnesses from ITV Cymru Wales responded to questions from the Committee.

2.2 Witnesses from ITV Cymru Wales agreed to provide additional information regarding;

Ø  the reform required to address the decrease in the value of the ITV Cymru Wales licence; and

Ø  the future shape of spend in Wales from improved outputs.

 


Meeting: 10/10/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Annual Scrutiny of BBC Cymru Wales

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales

Elan Closs Stephens, BBC Board member for Wales

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

 

3.1 Witnesses from BBC Cymru Wales responded to questions from the Committee.

3.2 Witnesses from BBC Cymru Wales agreed to provide additional information regarding the number of hours of additional programming produced against the additional funding announced in 2017.

3.3 Rhianon Passmore AM declared that she was a former member of BBC Broadcasting Council Wales.

 

 


Meeting: 18/09/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 Annual scrutiny of S4C

Owen Evans, Chief Executive, S4C

Huw Jones, Chairman, S4C

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 Huw Jones and Owen Evans responded to questions from the Committee.


Meeting: 02/05/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Correspondence with BBC Cymru regarding the BBC Annual plan

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.5 Members agreed to write to the  director for the nations and regions to ask if Wales could be removed from the proposals to change the level of news outputs in the morning.  


Meeting: 03/04/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Correspondence from the BBC regarding the representation of Wales

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Meeting: 06/03/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 9)

9 Chair's response to Ofcom consultation: Regional TV Production and Programming Guidance

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Meeting: 13/02/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 National Broadcast Archive for Wales

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales

Rhys Evans, Head of Strategy and Education, BBC Cymru Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Witnesses responded to questions from Committee Members.

 

4.2 Witnesses agreed to provide further information on its Charter requirements relating to public access of its archive material.


Meeting: 16/01/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Response from Director of BBC Cymru Wales: Opportunities for Welsh writers and actors

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Meeting: 10/01/2019 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 ITV Cymru Wales consultation response to Ofcom on Electronic Programme Guides

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 14/11/2018 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Annual Scrutiny of Ofcom Wales

Eleanor Marks, Director, Ofcom Wales

Lindsey Fussell, Group Director, Consumer External Relations

 

Supporting documents:

  • Research Brief

Minutes:

3.1 Witnesses responded to questions from Committee Members and agreed to provide:

 

·         A memorandum of understanding on what the regulatory function is and who does what in relation to Ofcom’s relationship with S4C; and

·         A note on the level of awareness amongst non-Welsh speakers relating to Ofcom’s requirement that 53% of programmes on S4C must be subtitled.


Meeting: 10/10/2018 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

Private Briefing from the BBC on the Local Democracy Reporting Service

Matthew Barraclough, Head of BBC Local News Partnerships

Rhys Evans, Head of Strategy & Education, BBC Wales

Gareth Wyn Williams, Local Democracy Reporting Service reporter

Elizabeth Bradfield, Local Democracy Reporting Service reporter

Minutes:

7.1 Committee Members received a briefing from BBC officials on the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service.


Meeting: 26/09/2018 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 8)

8 Ofcom review of rules for prominence of public service broadcasters and local TV: Consideration of consultation response

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

8.1 Committee Members agreed to submit a response to the consultation.


Meeting: 26/09/2018 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Annual Scrutiny of BBC Cymru Wales

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Head of BBC Cymru Wales

Elan Closs Stephens, BBC board member for Wales

Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning

 

Download:

 

BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/reports/pdf/bbc_annualreport_201718.pdf

 

BBC Wales Management Review 2016/17: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/wales/BBC-Wales-Nations-English-1617.pdf

 

Supporting documents:

  • Paper 1

Minutes:

3.1 Witnesses responded to questions from Committee Members.

 

3.2 Rhodri Talfan Davies offered Committee Members a visit to the BBC Cymru Wales headquarters in Central Square, Cardiff, and agreed to provide information relating to whether the administrative cost of acquiring a license to access the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service was preventing smaller news organisations, such as hyperlocals, from accessing the service.


Meeting: 14/12/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 S4C: Scrutiny of Annual Report and Accounts

Huw Jones, Chair, S4C

Owen Evans, Chief Executive, S4C

Phil Williams, Secretary, S4C

 

Annual Report & Statement of Accounts for the 12 month period to 31 March 2017

Supporting documents:

  • Research Brief

Minutes:

2.1 Witnesses responded to Members’ questions.

2.2 Sian Gwenllian AM asked for figures on how the relocation of S4C will affect the number of people who move/travel to Carmarthenshire.

2.3 Bethan Jenkins AM asked for an update of the progress of the new Diversity Officer’s post.


Meeting: 22/11/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Correspondence from S4C: Partnership agreement between S4C and BBC

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 18/10/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Correspondence between Ofcom and Chair

Paper 6 – Letter from Chair, Bethan Jenkins AM 17 July 2017: Draft operating licence for the BBC’s UK Public Services

Paper 7 – Response from Ofcom, 4 October 2017

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 28/06/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 Reply from the First Minister to the letter from the Chair: Appointment of BBC Board Member for Wales

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 28/06/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

General Scrutiny Session with Lord Tony Hall, Director of BBC: Consideration of Evidence

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 28/06/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 General Scrutiny Session with Lord Tony Hall, Director of BBC

Lord Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC

Ken McQuarrie, Director Nations and Regions, BBC

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales

 

This session will be streamed live on Facebook as well as Senedd.tv.

Supporting documents:

  • Research Brief

Minutes:

2.1 Witnesses responded to questions from Members of the Committee.


Meeting: 14/06/2017 - Plenary - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

Debate on the Report by the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee: The Big Picture: The Committee's Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales

NDM6329 Bethan Jenkins (South Wales West)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the report of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee, 'The Big Picture – The Committee's Initial views on Broadcasting in Wales', which was laid in the Table Office on 1 February 2017.

2. Agrees that S4C, having accepted the committee's recommendation to this effect, should lay before the Assembly annual reports and audited statements of accounts.

Supporting documents

Welsh Government response

BBC response

ITV response

Ofcom response

S4C response

Minutes:

The item started at 16.27

NDM6329 Bethan Jenkins (South Wales West)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the report of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee, 'The Big Picture – The Committee's Initial views on Broadcasting in Wales', which was laid in the Table Office on 1 February 2017.

2. Agrees that S4C, having accepted the committee's recommendation to this effect, should lay before the Assembly annual reports and audited statements of accounts.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


Meeting: 14/06/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Consideration of Draft Research Brief: Tony Hall, BBC Director General

Supporting documents:

  • Paper 7

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered the draft brief


Meeting: 24/05/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Draft operating licence for the BBC’s UK Public Services: Evidence Session with Ofcom Advisory Committee

Glyn Mathias, Chair, Ofcom Advisory Committee

Hywel William, Member, Ofcom Advisory Committee

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Witnesses responded to questions from Members of the Committee.


Meeting: 24/05/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 UK Government Response to the Committee's Report: The Big Picture - The Committee's Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 18/05/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Reply from the Convener of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament to the letter from the Chair: Appointment of BBC Board Members

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 10/05/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 Draft operating licence for the BBC’s UK Public Services: Evidence Session with Ofcom Wales

Rhodri Williams, Director, Ofcom Wales

Jacquie Hughes, Director of Content Policy, Ofcom Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Witnesses responded to questions from Members of the Committee.


Meeting: 10/05/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 S4C Response to Report Recommendations: The Big Picture - The Committee's Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 30/03/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Ofcom Response to Report Recommendations: The Big Picture: The Committee's Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 30/03/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 ITV Response to Report Recommendations: The Big Picture: The Committee's Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 30/03/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 BBC Response to Report Recommendations: The Big Picture: The Committee's Initial Views on Broadcasting in Wales

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 02/03/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 Letter to the Chair from Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 02/03/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 BBC Reinvestment Press Release

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 12/01/2017 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4.)

4. Broadcasting in Wales: Consideration of Draft Report

Supporting documents:

  • Paper 1: Draft Report

Meeting: 14/12/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Reply from the Presiding Officer: Laying of S4C's Annual Report and Accounts

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 14/12/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Chair to the Presiding Officer: Laying of S4C's Annual Report and Accounts

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 14/12/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 10)

General Scrutiny: Broadcasting and Media - Key issues paper

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

10.1 Members considered a key issues paper relating to the inquiry in broadcasting and media.


Meeting: 24/11/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair from the Director-General of the BBC: Further Information

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 24/11/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 Letter to the Chair from S4C: Further Information

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 02/11/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

2 BBC: General Scrutiny of the Director-General

Lord Tony Hall, Director-General

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales

Supporting documents:

  • Research Brief: BBC
  • Questions from the Public

Minutes:

The Director-General and the Director of BBC Wales answered questions from Members of the Committee.

 

The Director-General agreed to:

 

Ø  Share data relating to the BBC’s portrayal of Wales and Welsh life at the end of the current financial year;

Ø  Discuss Welsh representation and the coverage of specialist areas outside of ‘business’ on the BBC’s breakfast show with the breakfast team and to feedback to the Committee the outcome of this discussion;

Ø  Appear before the Committee again in March/April 2017.

 

 


Meeting: 20/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

Research Brief: Ofcom

Supporting documents:

  • Restricted enclosure 174

Meeting: 20/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

General scrutiny of BBC: preparation for taking evidence from Lord Hall

Minutes:

6.1 Members of the Committee discussed preparations for the forthcoming evidence session with Lord Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC.


Meeting: 20/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 2)

General Scrutiny of Ofcom

·         Rhrodri Williams, Director Wales

·         Mark Sweeney, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

 

Minutes:

2.1 Ofcom answered questions from Members of the Committee.


Meeting: 06/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

6 Letter from the Chair to Director of BBC Wales: Savings of £9m per annum by 2022

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 06/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 5)

5 BBC Wales: General Scrutiny

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director

Gareth Powell, Chief Operating Officer

Supporting documents:

  • Paper 4: BBC Wales

Minutes:

5.1 BBC Wales answered questions from Members of the Committee.


Meeting: 06/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 4)

4 ITV Wales: General Scrutiny

Phil Henfrey, Head of News and Programmes

Huw Rossiter, Public Affairs Manager

Supporting documents:

  • Paper 3: ITV Wales

Minutes:

4.1 ITV Wales answered questions from Members of the Committee.


Meeting: 06/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 3)

3 S4C: General Scrutiny

Ian Jones, Chief Executive

Huw Jones, Chair of the S4C Authority

Supporting documents:

  • Paper 1: Research Brief
  • Paper 2: S4C

Minutes:

3.1 S4C answered questions from Members of the Committee.


Meeting: 06/10/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

Reply from the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Scrutiny of Broadcasting and Media


Meeting: 14/09/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

Scrutiny of the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language: Scrutiny of Broadcasting and Media


Meeting: 14/09/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 7)

7 Letter from the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee regarding the BBC's annual report and accounts

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 14/07/2016 - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

Committee Visit to Media Wales

Minutes:

6.1 As part of a series of visits to media organisations in Wales, the Committee visited Media Wales.