Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for the creative industries in Wales: media, culture and supporting the creative economy

Wednesday, 26th April 2017

Central Cardiff


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This seminar will focus on the opportunities and challenges for the creative industries in Wales.

It follows the final report from the ongoing Welsh Affairs Committee inquiry into Broadcasting in Wales - which examines the suitability of current funding and governance arrangements, along with the cultural value of Welsh language broadcasting and the economic impact of the sector. It also comes in light of the UK Government White Paper on the next BBC Charter.

The conference will bring together stakeholders from across the media and wider creative sectors with policymakers from both the Welsh and UK Governments, and the National Assembly for Wales.

Delegates will consider options for supporting the growth of Wales’ creative economy, along with the way ahead for investment and innovation in content creation and distribution across all forms of media, as consumer requirements and technology constantly evolve.

Sessions will also examine the issue of plurality of content that is ‘by Wales, for Wales’, particularly the extent to which news output - across print, online, radio and television - reflects the increasingly devolved political settlement.

Guest of Honour

Alun Davies AM

Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Alun Davies AM

Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Welsh Government

Keynote Speakers

Ron Jones

Executive Chairman, Tinopolis Group and Chair, Creative Industries Sector Panel, Welsh Government

Rhodri Williams

Director, Ofcom Wales


Bethan Jenkins AM

Chair, Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee

Jeremy Miles AM

Member, Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee


Emlyn Davies

Founder and Creative Director, Bomper Studio

Catrin Pascoe

Editor, Western Mail

Ian Jones

Prif Weithredwr (Chief Executive), S4C

Phil Henfrey

Head of News and Programmes, ITV Cymru Wales

Rhodri Talfan Davies

Director, BBC Cymru Wales

Paul Davies

Artistic Director, Volcano Theatre

Michael Gubbins

Chair, Ffilm Cymru Wales

Martin Mumford

Managing Director, Nation Broadcasting Group

Dr Ruth McElroy

University of South Wales, Reader in Media and Cultural Studies; Director, Creative Industries Research Institute and Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations

Rosina Robson

Director of Nations and Regions, PACT