Monday, 6 July 2009

The death of the Welsh media - the pace quickens

Posted on This is My Truth on 6th July

The Welsh edition of the Times Educational Supplement is under threat.

The highly respected specialist title is the only remaining Welsh edition of a quality UK title, and I understand its private equity owners want to effectively shut the Welsh edition down.

The owners are consulting with their three Welsh staff on closing the Cardiff office and making the editor and a journalist redundant. I understand they want to keep one reporter to feed in Welsh copy to the London newsroom and maintain the Welsh masthead to give the impression the paper is still committed to Wales.

Understandably the eduction sector is not happy. I hear that senior WAG officials and Union reps have united to ‘make representations’ to the TES.

The Welsh edition has been a good paper, and an important voice in communicating the increasingly divergent education agenda between Wales and England.

Its demise is another indicator that things are going the wrong way. Just as the pressure for greater constitutional autonomy steps up a gear, another of the vehicles for informing the electorate that things are done differently in Wales falls by the wayside.

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