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Broadcasting 'Crisis' In Wales Claimed

The BBC Trust has refused to comment on a call to redistribute funding to allow for a better English-language television service in Wales
A spokesman said: "We are not going to comment on individual responses to the strategy review consultation. All responses to our consultation will be taken into consideration."
However, the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) is calling for an immediate cash injection of £5m to improve the service.
It claims English-language television in Wales is "in crisis" following the reduction of ITV Wales' output and cuts at the BBC.
The IWA's call comes in a report in response to the BBC's current strategy review which has attracted publicity for threatening cuts, including the closure of BBC 6 Music, the Asian Network and half of the corporation's websites.
The IWA, chaired by former BBC Wales Controller Geraint Talfan Davies, argues that ITV Wales' output in English has "collapsed" and that of BBC Wales has fallen by 18% since 2003.
It says the BBC spending should be "re-balanced" by halting cuts in BBC Wales and switching £5m to Wales to fund an additional two hours of new programming a week.
The IWA's report says BBC Wales' £23m English-language TV budget should progressively grow to around £40m to provide better provision in drama, music, arts, factual and light entertainment programming.
It said: "This re-balancing should be achieved over a three-year period by halting the present budgetary cuts within BBC Wales, and beginning with a switch of not less than £5m into Wales to allow for an additional two hours per week of new programming.
"The BBC should continue to enhance its contribution to Welsh culture and society, and has a particular obligation to do so, now that ITV Wales output has collapsed."
The report says the BBC "must provide an English-language service that delivers demonstrably greater equity between the two languages in Wales".
It also calls for urgent action to ensure that Radio Wales and Radio Cymru enjoy the same transmission coverage in Wales as the BBC's UK services.
It says Radio Wales gets to only 62% of the audience in FM and less than 50% on DAB. UK services have 88% of coverage.

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