Welsh public invited to question BBC Director General

Published 07/10/2016   |   Last Updated 07/10/2016

​People in Wales are being asked to submit questions for a National Assembly committee meeting with the Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall.

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee is inviting questions through Twitter or via email, ahead of the meeting on 2 November at the Senedd in Cardiff.

The Committee will be covering areas including the BBC Charter Review and the recently appointed role of ‘Director of Regions and Nations’.

BBC Wales’s annual budget is in excess of £150 million and produces programming for Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, television and online services.

In recent years the amount of English language content produced specifically for Wales has declined.

“The BBC is a cornerstone of many people’s media consumption and could be about to undergo some of its most radical changes under the Charter Review,” said Bethan Jenkins AM, Chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.

“In some ways Wales benefits greatly from the BBC through its drama village in Roath Dock where Sherlock, Doctor Who and Casualty are filmed. All world-class productions which put us firmly on the map.

“But in other ways there is a lack of programming and content specific to Wales, while recent budget cuts are of deep concern.

“So we will be asking the Director General what he thinks the BBC in Wales will look like in the future.

“But this is also an opportunity for the Welsh public to put their own questions directly to the head of the BBC and we look forward to hearing what people have to say.”

People will be able to watch the meeting, either from the public gallery in the Senedd, or through the National Assembly’s video website www.senedd.tv.

The closing date for questions from the public is 21 October.

People can tweet the Committee via @SeneddCWLC, or email SeneddCWLC@assembly.wales.