Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has raised his concern over the future of Welsh local and national media during a Westminster Hall debate on ‘media plurality in Wales’ last Tuesday, 13th October.
Mark raised his concerns about the decreasing number of local newspapers in Wales, and praised the Cambrian News and Tivyside Advertiser for their important role in campaigning on vital local services.
He also echoed the calls for greater stability for media in Wales, raising its importance for the independent production sector, given the scale of some of the small enterprises. With the prospect of a £2.7 million cut in the central Government spending review, and the potential for a £15 million cut for S4C, there could be dire implications for many of these enterprises.
After the debate, Mark said “Our local media is absolutely vital in keeping people informed about what is happening in the County, and plays a huge role in holding those in power to account, as we have seen with campaigns to protect our local health services.
“It is important that the positive contribution that they make to our communities is recognised, and action taken to ensure that local media, as well as Welsh-language national media, is given the support that it needs to flourish.”