Concise Minutes - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 2 - Senedd

Meeting date: Thursday, 10 October 2019

Meeting time: 10.04 - 12.15
This meeting can be viewed
on Senedd TV at:





Assembly Members:

Bethan Sayed AM (Chair)

Mick Antoniw AM

John Griffiths AM

Delyth Jewell AM

Rhianon Passmore AM

David Melding AM


Phil Henfrey, Head of News and Programmes, ITV Wales

Jonathan Hill, ITV Cymru Wales

Zoe Thomas, ITV Wales

Branwen Thomas, ITV Cymru Wales

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales

Elan Closs Stephens, BBC Board Member for Wales

Committee Staff:

Robert Donovan (Clerk)

Lowri Jones (Deputy Clerk)

Osian Bowyer (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting.

1.2 Apologies were received from Carwyn Jones AM, Rhianon Passmore AM attended as a substitute.



2       Annual Scrutiny of ITV Cymru Wales

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.




3       Annual Scrutiny of BBC Cymru Wales


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.




4       Papers to note



4.1   Correspondence on Fusion programme

4.1 Members noted the paper.



5       Motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of this meeting

5.1 Members agreed the motion.



6       Private Debrief

6.1 Members discussed the evidence.





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