New partnership aims to put Cymru's television industry 'on the world stage'


BBC Cymru HQ (Image: Gwalia)

The BBC and Creative Wales have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to put Cymru's television industry "on the world stage".


The announcement was made today by BBC Director-General, Tim Davie and the Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden MS.


Speaking today (1 September) at the BBC’s broadcast hub in Central Square, Caerdydd the Director-General said the initiative—which aims to champion Cymru’s television industry by "supporting world-class drama, cutting-edge comedy and brilliant factual content"—marks the start of an "exciting" long-term partnership between the BBC and Creative Wales.


The formal agreement allows the two organisations to "work together to build on the success of the creative industries in Wales and existing partnerships established over the past twelve months".


Director-General of the BBC Tim Davie says: “It is absolutely vital that the BBC reflects the nations it serves. Early this year I made clear this is a key priority for the BBC. Working with partners such as Creative Wales will help us achieve that ambition.


“Wales is a centre of creative energy. I want to see that flourish and grow. The BBC wants to support world-class drama, cutting-edge comedy and brilliant factual content. This marks the start of an exciting long-term partnership between the BBC and Creative Wales.


Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, says: “This Memorandum of Understanding sets out our shared vision for supporting a vibrant, diverse, world class Welsh creative industries sector that excels in the production of a wide range of content. I’m delighted that we’re also able to support the new co-commission and look forward to seeing the new series. This partnership also presents a fantastic opportunity to discover and access up and coming Welsh talent from across Wales.”