Wales do not possess even just one Independent Mainstream Television Channel, such as the Numerous Mainstream Channels based only in England.
Welsh People Must be Allowed to be Able to Tell their Own Story, and Set their Own Narrative of Who they are to the wider global Audience, not continuously filtered through London.
An English Establishment Lie...?
What does Wales having just One Independent Mainstream TV Channel or Devolved Powers over their Media Fix for Wales?
* Speak Truth to Power.
* The Media is a £Billion Industry that can be centred in Wales to boast the economy.
* Would Provide Many Highly Paid Jobs in Wales, along with genuine Lucrative and Highly Skilled Career Prospects for it's people.
*The Development of PR and Advertising Companies in Wales, another £Billion Industry (so not focused mainly in London).
*Gives Wales a Distinctive Identity, Character and Voice not over shadowed by London Englishness, to put Wales on the Map both Nationally and Internationally.
* Promotes Cultural Identity.
*Provides a Cultural and Literary Platform for Welsh Poets, Writers, Authors and Artists, who Historically are largely Ignored by the London Media.
*Supports and Balances Democracy by allowing Different Political Voices or Views outside of the London Political Parties.
* Wales can Sell Shows Documenting a positive view of Welshness (Cultural Advertising) for Profit abroad not only for great Financial Gain, but also as a way to sell Wales abroad to the world (Numerous English versions would be 'The Crown' and 'Downton Abbey' amongst countless others)
*Programmes can Sell the Best Version of Welshness to the World Increasing Interest in Wales and therefore Tourism (another £Billion Industry).
* A Media Industry allows Finance, Skilled People & Facilities for Films to be made about Wales, to sell Wales and it's vibrant History to the rest of the World (Numerous English versions would be '1917', 'The Theory of Everything', 'The King's Speech', 'Harry Potter', 'James Bond', 'The Queen', amongst numerous examples).
* An independent Welsh Media means they can defend themselves if Wales is insulted or demeaned on other media.
*Debate shows can be developed discussing issues that are specific to Wales (not just England) without Censorship or interference.
*Can Combat and Highlight Discrimination and False Stereotyping.
*Documentaries can be made exposing injustice freely and independent of any restrictions from London.
*Freedom over Welsh Programming.
*Can talk to all Welsh people, the UK, and the Wider World in the World Wide Language of English (as not many people even in Wales let alone the World speak fluent Welsh).
*Films and Media are often referred to as 'Soft Power', by using Films and Programmes to Influence Narratives.
* Can tell their Own Narrative of who they are to the Global Audience, not filtered through London.
*Having a Positive view of Welshness projected to the Welsh people.
*Can show different dimension's of Welshness through different independent programming, projecting a Human Side of Welsh people, not projected from the outside as just one Homogenous Group.
* Welsh Licence Fee Money will stay in Wales, and Work for Wales (Not Filtered into London).
*Not having to Rely on London to tell their Story of what Welshnsess is, particularly pertinent as England is the only nation in the world that Wales has a some what acrimonious relationship with (Documented Historical Fact).
*Gives Welsh Media Talent a Platform, not having to go abroad. Talent such as Editors, Directors, Cameramen, Producers, Presenters, Actors, Soundmen, as just a few examples.
*News and current affairs can be reported unimpeded.
* Allows Welsh Writers Work from the Past to be Explored, and New Writers Work to be Exposed and Platformed (English versions include Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Ian Fleming, J R R Tolkein, George Orwell, and then more modern J K Rawling, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as some of Numerous examples)
*Allows Wales to Explore their Specific 'Past History', 'Who They Are', and 'Who they may 'Want to be' Unimpeded.
Negatives of an Independent Media in Wales
Wales has a smaller population, however even though Wales has a small population (compared to England) this does not stop an independent media being successfully funded and implemented in similar sized countries, and also selling their shows world wide (Sweden, Denmark and Ireland as examples). Apart from a smaller population there does not seem to be any other negatives to Wales having their own independent media, but there will be for England as they will not be able to then control the UK Narrative, with No Competitors or Challenge. However, if you can put forward a valid argument that an Independent Media is a 'Bad Thing' for Wales, I would be very Interested to hear from you, as perhaps Wales Historically Not being allowed an Independent Media from London may be for their Own Good, even though England have a thriving Independent Media and Film Industry, so they must feel that it is of some Benefit (email address provided at the bottom of this page). Indeed, Why would London prevent an Independent Mainstream Media in Wales, are they afraid that the Welsh version of the truth might get out, which might be incompatible with theirs? As all of these positives outlined above are Easily Evidenced and Demonstrated in England with the Innumerable Social, Cultural and Economic Benefits of an Independent Media, and associated Film Industry ('Film Four 'as one associated film making example). However, Wales (& Scotland) are the potential 'Competitor's & potential Challengers of British Narratives on their Doorstep', so need controlling.
How will this be Financed?
The Best Financial Model for an English Speaking (World Wide Language) Independent Welsh Mainstream TV Channel would appear to be Similar to the Initial Channel 4 Model, which was Initially set up with public money and then over time was able to sustain itself on advertising only, but still owned by the public (Supplemented by Selling Shows Abroad such as also with the BBC and ITV, as English is a World Wide Language which is very Useful when selling Shows, Narratives and Talent to the Biggest and most Influential Market in the USA). So Initially a 'High Bred' of 'Public Money' and 'Advertising Money' with a reduced Licence Fee for Welsh people (replacing the BBC Licence Fee) but overtime the Licence Fee can be slowly phased out and reduced once the channel is sustainable using only advertising (such as Channel Four which is Publicly Owned and Profitable). Any Licence Fee paid by the Welsh Public will come back to the Welsh Economy Ten Fold in a Media Industry, Well Paid Jobs, Selling the Best Version of Wales Abroad, and Increased Tourism, however the most important aspect being a Specific Welsh Voice, Voicing Specific Welsh Concerns and Identity. Indeed, Channel 4 alone as a publicly owned company makes in excess of £2 Billion each year for the economy (Click Link Channel 4's 'Channel 4, We Own It' website), to put this into some sort of perspective the Welsh Annual Grant from London is just over £15 Billion a year to pay for all Public Services in Wales ranging from the NHS to Education.
As a Fee may be being paid Initially, Advertising could only be allowed Before or After a particular programme, not interrupted at intervals during the programme, allowing the audience to possibly enjoy the continuity of a programme? So Welsh people would Pay a Reduced TV Licence Fee of approx £100 a year (as opposed to the current London TV Licence Fee of £150 a year), Supplemented by Advertising and Selling their Own Shows and Narratives abroad, which can Replace the BBC London Licence Fee (if Welsh people want to watch the BBC they can pay an additional subscription, or alternatively use the Internet).
Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice 1978 (Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948), Article 5, section 3.
The mass media and those who control or serve them, as well as all organized groups within national communities, are urged-with due regard to the principles embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly the principle of freedom of expression-to promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among individuals and groups and to contribute to the eradication of 'racism', racial 'discrimination' and 'racial prejudice', in particular by refraining from presenting a 'stereotyped', partial, unilateral or tendentious picture of individuals and of various human groups. Communication between 'racial and ethnic groups must be a reciprocal process', enabling them to 'express themselves and to be fully heard without let or hindrance'. The mass media should therefore be freely receptive to ideas of individuals and groups which facilitate such communication.
The main Responsibility of any Media is to 'Speak Truth to Power', however, power generally already knows the truth, but unless it fits in with their overall Interest's, it needs 'NO PLATFORMING' (as Obviously, 'if you Control the Platform you Control the Message'), which is why London need to Control the UK Media (even eventually the UK Internet Media, using the guise of protecting us from a so called Threat?) to ensure that certain crucial elements of uncomfortable Truths regarding UK society do not get out into the Public Domain, so Needs to be Centrally Controlled. The Benefits to England of Monopolising all UK Media is that they can either 'Ignore' or 'Destroy' different Views or Perspectives, which can only be done through Centrally Controlling the Media. Although the Internet does help it still does not have the Power of a Mainstream Media to be able to Crystallise and Highlight selected Information to the masses. Indeed, as with many Oppressors or Slanderers it is what they Refuse (or Avoid) to Talk About or Explore that tells you more than what they do want to talk about? This apparent Subtle Historical Directing of Thoughts and Opinions through the London Based British Media and Structures (Broadcasting & Print) was First 'Highlighted' and 'Recognised' by the American Noam Chomsky, who was one of the Founders of the Field of 'Cognitive Science'. When he Identified that, 'The 'First' Ever Modern Propaganda Agency was the 'British Ministry of Information' a Century ago, which Secretly Defined it's Task as to Direct The Thoughts Of Most Of The World'... It appears that who ever Controls the wider National Mainstream Media in the UK in Broadcasting and Print (the Central London Based English Establishment?) can Historically Subtly Mould the 'Thoughts', 'Opinions', 'Narratives' and 'Attitudes' of that Whole Country to their Will, as they are the 'Gate Keepers' of UK Information (commonly referred to as 'Soft Power', due to it's Subtlety). As stated by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 'He who Mould's Opinion is Greater than He who Enacts Law' (although the London English Establishment Authorities do Both in the UK). This is Why Wales must Finally be allowed a 'National Broadcasting Licence' (or alternatively 'Devolve Broadcasting Powers' in Wales to Wales) by the Central London English Establishment Authorities such as predominantly the London based OFCOM or the BBC, but ultimately through any UK London Government's Secretary of Culture. Although any New UK Wide Mainstream Channel in Wales Must be Allowed the Ability to Make, Edit and Produce the Majority of their Own Programmes and Screened Nationally across the whole of the UK, to provide a Human Perspective of Welsh people to fight against Dehumanisation (Not Continuously having Information and Narratives Constantly Filtered through London such as their current 'Regional Channels' of BBC Wales & BBC Scotland for example), otherwise Risk being Seen as pure 'Tokenism'? The Same Programme Making Ability Historically Enjoyed by All the London English Mainstream Channels... (See 'How can Wales be Improved?' under the 'Wales in Purgatory?' heading above). The Traditional London Orchestrated Mainstream British Media is the Most Effective way to Spread 'Negative' or 'Positive' Messages on Mass around the UK (But 'Fortunately' as with all Mass Negative 'Learnt' Social Behaviour, it Can also be 'Unlearnt'!). Propaganda and Slander can be Repeatedly Transmitted Instantly 'On Mass' Directly into Peoples Living Rooms Across the Whole Land (UK), 'the Power of the London Orchestrated British National Mainstream Media Monopoly to Direct the Narrative within the UK, and regarding the UK to the Wider World, can Never be Over Stated'!!... (to Clarify, the Oxford English Dictionary Definition of the term 'PROPAGANDA' is stated as, 'Information Especially of a Biased or Misleading Nature, Used to Promote a Political Cause or Point of View'). However, as further Stated by Noam Chomsky, 'He who Controls the Media, Controls the Mind's of the Public', this appears to be the Reason Why all Media in Britain is Controlled from London, it didn't happen by Accident? As Wales is not allowed any Independent an Independent Separate and Distinct Mainstream Media Platform from London, this is the Biggest Ongoing Problem for Wales, as Preventing or Manipulating UK Wide information ensures ongoing Ignorance, and ensures the Status Quo. As asserted by George Santayana (1863-1952) a prominent Spanish philosopher, 'Those Who Do Not Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It'. Furthermore, Goerge Orwell (1903-1949) goes onto highlight that, 'He Who Controls the Past Commands the Future'.
As the most Effective way to Prevent Awkward Questions (Free Speech) and Impose 'Censorship' on the Sly is to 'Deny a Platform' (the Oxford English Dictionary's Definition of 'Censorship' is stated as, 'Examine Officially and Suppress Unacceptable Parts of It'), which is achieved in the UK, by the London English Establishment Authorities, with Full and Total Historic and Ongoing Control & Influence over all Forms of UK Wide Public Media in Broadcasting & Print (as easily Demonstrated with the Fact that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland 'have Never been allowed' and therefore 'do Not possess' any Independent 'Mainstream National UK Wide' Television Channel or Newspaper), and of course in the Absence of an Independent Separate and Distinct Media for each UK Nation the Democratic Process can be Disrupted and Bias (the Scottish Independence Vote in 2014 as an apparent example). This Total Control (Monopoly) of the UK Media through London (that Ultimately Controls & Influences all Mainstream UK accessible TV & all Regional UK Channels) has worked Amazingly Well. Particularly since the early 1930's when Television and Radio were just being introduced into mainstream public society (previous to this the Printed word only) and then progressively Used and Identified as Public Information tools, by Stopping the Voices and Messages (Behind the Scenes Editing) they do not like, and Allowing the one's they do (Censorship). Previous to this Highly Effective Subtle 'No Platforming approach' they used to Imprison or Kill subversive thinkers, although this caused a Problem as they were then turned into Martyr's. However, with the advent of Social Media and the Internet this New Technology undermines the UK Government's (English Establishment's) Historic selective 'No Platforming approach' as the Internet Provides it's Own World Wide Public Platforms for Ideas to Anyone Without Censorship Now Outside of any historic direct London control. Although, it does appear that the British Media in order to regain this Vital Media Control and Obvious Advantages have already started to Undermine External Public Platforms & Information Sources such as Facebook, Twitter & Google, as just a couple of examples, Outside of the UK London Media Loop (which will no doubt lead to new UK Legislation based on singular selected negative examples). A move that could be seen as further 'Anti-Democratic' as it Narrows down potential Sources of Wider External Rounded Information (For or Against) and Reduces Public Platforms for the Average Person to Challenge or put across an alternative Perspective. Furthermore, whilst appearing to suggest that if the Information is Not From a London Orchestrated British Media Platform, then it must be Fake News or Damaging to You, using very selected examples to suggest that they are protecting you from harm, and therefore censorship from London is for your own good (as Only we in the Whole World always tell the Authentic Unbiased Professionally Researched Balanced Truth, and would Never Lie, Omit Information or Prevent Open Debate on certain Subjects deemed as Undesirable??!...).
Conversely, there are also some 'Positive' Examples of 'Good Publicity' (Positive Propaganda) regarding certain groups 'Reputation & Character' spread through the London Orchestrated British Mainstream Media in the UK, apparently regarding primarily 'Only' people in English Cities and Regions (Using such tools as UK Wide Sit Com's, Soap's, Drama's, Comedy Shows, Mini Series, News, Advertising, Game Shows, Film's & Documentaries, Radio, as well as National Newspaper's & Magazine's, for example)? Such as the Spreading of the term 'Geezer' (Cockney's) to insinuate that all London people are Streetwise and Popular (Lovable Rogues, Del Boy's), also 'Scouser' for Liverpool people to insinuate they are Witty and not to be Trifled with, 'Geordies' from Newcastle who are depicted through the Media as Tough but Friendly, and 'Salt of the Earth' for 'Yorkshire people' to assume that all people in Yorkshire are Honest, Gritty and Trustworthy, to name but a Few English Regional Examples of 'Positive Labelling' (Propaganda) through the London Controlled UK Wide National Mainstream Media's. Again Notice the Complete Absence of any form of Derogatory Term for England as a Nation, and the English people either regionally or as a whole, or any positive images of any regions within Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. These 'Favourable UK Stereotypes' are still a Fabrication of the truth by the London Centred Media, as to Generalise about Groups of Millions of people possessing Exactly the Same 'Favourable' Personality Traits is 'Nonsensical', much like Racism but in 'Reverse', yet with a Positive Slant (with many people within these favourably characterised English regions taking on these favourable stereotypes to influence their own individual personalities and characters). This Presentation of a 'Positive' Image of People, Cities and Regions in your 'Own Nation' but seeming to present a 'Negative Overall' Image of the 'Other Nations' in the UK (Including Other Minority Groups) can be Categorised in 'Psychology' as possessing a 'Positive Regard' for your 'Own', the Opposite being a 'Negative Regard' for the 'Other' (Carl Rogers 1957), otherwise known as 'Nationalism' when relating to Nationhood. Let's Present a Simple Example of 'Positive' & 'Negative' Regard in Action to Demonstrate the 'SUBTLE' but 'POWERFUL' Difference Between the Two. Take for Example an 'Ageing Car', this Car can be Described with 'Negative Regard' as an 'Old Banger, Ready for the scrap heap', But the 'Same Car' can be Described with 'Positive Regard' as 'Vintage a Classic and worth some money', depending on a person's Motivation.Discrimination is about being 'Viewed Differently', either Negatively or Positively, as Body Language and Tone is a large part of Human Communication this is an Important Aspect to Consider, which plays into the Subtlety of Modern Racism. As not many people are going to Verbalise in Public (provide solid evidence) any Racist Views and Discrimination's that they may hold, as they are generally against the Law (See p118-131 of the Free Electronic Book Version provided above for more Information on the "British Media"). On the Psychological Level (so apart from Obvious 'Racial Slander' and 'Repeated Favouritism Based on Nationality'), this Subtleness of Racism and the Associated Discrimination (the Oxford English Dictionary Definition of Discrimination is, 'the practice of treating someone or a particular group in society less fairly than others') is Difficult to 'Pin down' (as it is an 'Attitude' or a 'Personally Held Belief'', which of course is largely Influenced by the Mainstream Media), but take for example the London Media coverage of Megan Markle (Mixed Race & American), so Not White and English. Although the general Tone of the Media coverage appears Racist (on Skin Colour and Nationality) there is no real solid Evidence of Racism Directly Verbalised. This is the Subtlety, although possibly the most effective way to identify 'Non-verbal Racism', and 'Attitudinal Racism', of being treated Differently because of any Associated Discrimination (Positive or Negative Regard, Carl Rogers), is to have a 'Comparable'. Luckily in the Royal Family we have a direct Comparable, Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge (White & English). So if their are any Prolonged Differences in their Treatment, who are both equally Women and Senior Royals, then any 'Different Treatment' must be based on the grounds of Race (different Nationalities and Ethnicities), the only other obvious difference between the two? As a Minority Discriminated Persons Skills and Abilities always appear to be Instinctively Undervalued or Ignored (Negative Regard), with the Majority Non-Discriminated Person's being Overvalued and Celebrated (Positive Regard). Some Easy Comparable's where Wales is concerned of being Subtly 'Treated Differently' in the UK, because of Nationality, is Gareth Bale (Welsh) & David Beckham (English) amongst others in UK Soccer, Joe Calzaghe (Welsh/Italian) & Ricky Hatton amongst others in UK Boxing, David Lloyd George (Welsh Association) & Winston Churchill (English), amongst others in UK Politics, as further Easy 'Positive or Negative Regard' UK London Media examples (so clearly Treated Differently on the grounds of their Nationality, a Minority & a Majority), amongst Numerous other Easy Examples. How can you Promote 'Britishness' when you appear to predominantly only Celebrate and Acknowledge your Own (Deleting Welsh or Celtic Achievement Out of the UK Narrative)? Media Accolade and Support must be Based on Demonstrated Skill and Ability not just potentially on your Individual Nationality (of course Wales & the Celtic Nations Not having their Own Independent Separate Distinct Mainstream Media does contribute to this problem).
Indeed the apparent Paradox being that if this historical level of subtle underlying overall Control (an Obvious 'London Centred' UK Media 'MONOPOLY') over the whole UK National Mainstream Media (Including the British Film Industry) apparently by the Central London English Establishment Network (the Old Boys & Girls Club) in Broadcasting and Print, were being Demonstrated abroad, the British (London) Media would quite possibly be the First to Label that Countries Media as a 'State Run Media'. Even though ultimately it appears that the BBC itself is an Historic and Ongoing State Funded Organisation Resulting from Government Law makers in London, with the Distinct Possibility that the Authority that Generates Funds for any Organisation would be an Obvious Primary Force within that Corporation? Indeed, with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) the Main Television Channel(s) in the UK which are all Orchestrated from London, it is a Legal Requirement that 'All' UK citizens who just own a TV (Households) Pay a Yearly Subscription of £147 (2016) and rising year on year, 'Whether they Want or Use their Service or Not', with UK Government Enforced Prison as an Ultimate Sanction for Non-payment. This Ongoing Legally Enforceable UK Law (Introduced back in 1946) or indeed any 'Government led Legal Consequences' Directed from the Government, would be like saying for Example in Modern Times that a person Must Pay for a 'Sky Sports Subscription' (Whether they Like Sport or Not!) or they will ultimately be Fined (or put in Prison) in a Court of Law, which in a so called free country is clearly 'Insane'?!... Surely Paying a Subscription to Watch the BBC or Not should be Optional, particularly in Modern Times with so many Numerous Other Viable and 'Free' (as well as Significantly Less Expensive) Options Now available?! So in Essence then, the Tragic Irony appears to be that Welsh people are Forced to Pay for a Large Part of their Own Damaging UK Negative Media Stereotyping and Propaganda!?...
There are many reasons (Outlined Above) Why Wales Needs an Independent Separate and Distinct Welsh Based, Edited & Owned National Mainstream English Speaking Television Channel, to Capitalise on the Advantage of Welsh people predominantly Speaking a World Wide Language (Even though Welsh as a Language is Still Hanging On in Wales. There are Not many Advantages to being Colonised and having a Foreign Language Imposed on you, but as the English Language is a World Wide Language thanks to England's Empire, even in the most Dire of Circumstances there are Positives, somewhere)? Allowing Wales to Finally be allowed a 'National Broadcasting Licence' or alternatively 'Devolve Broadcasting Powers in Wales to Wales', by the Central London English Establishment Authorities, such as predominantly the London based OFCOM (Office for Communications) or the BBC, but ultimately through any UK London Governments 'Secretary of Culture'. An Independent Media for Wales would allow them to 'Promote' (which Encourages Tourism through Cultural Advertising Worth an Additional £Billions of Pounds) and 'Defend' itself Nationally and Internationally, as well as to present a 'Human Face of Welsh people' to guard against Dehumanisation and Stereotyping (with a 'Generic British Wide Inclusive Title and Easy Accessibility'), so Not operating under a BBC or ITV London Regional Umbrella (with Undue apparent Influence?). BBC Wales for example, which it appears can be Limited when Providing Different 'Independent' Perspectives or Opinions, due to being Directly Funded and therefore Controlled from London? Another example would be the New BBC Scotland Channel in 2019 (although a Scottish regional channel already existed?) that seems to Mainly Air the Same London Produced Repeated Shows Anyway, as they seem Not to be Allowed (or provided the funds) to Make most of their Own Material (Shows, Dramas, Soaps, Documentaries, Mini Series and even Films) that could represent Different Perspectives or Opinions to that of London, although any new shows will have to have consent from London anyway, and be Edited to their requirements or it will not proceed (shows that could be Marketed or Sold Abroad for Profit and Cultural Advertising), even the shows that are made in Scotland seem to 'Only be Aired in Scotland' (same with BBC Wales), which continues to Dehumanise and Marginalises these Nations Identities and People (yet all English shows are Aired Mainstream UK Wide)? Any New Channel Must be Allowed the Ability to Independently Decide which shows to Make, Edit and Produce, with Independent control over the Majority of their Own Programmes and Documentaries (Otherwise Risk being Seen as pure 'Tokenism'), the Same Programme Making Ability Historically Enjoyed by All the London Mainstream Channels... Surely Our Old Neglected Friend 'Common Sense' would Strongly Suggest that having to 'Rely' on Someone Else's Media to Defend and Sell Wales and the Welsh People, who's Nation also just happen to posses an Historically 'Well Documented' and Ongoing some what 'Acrimonious Relationship' with Wales at the Best of Times, would seem to be absolutely 'Nonsensical'?! As clearly Repeatedly (on London TV Channels) Historically Accusing All Welsh People (each Man, Women & Child) of Vulgar 'Bestiality' on Mass ('Welsh Sheep Shaggers') is Not a 'Term of Endearment', it is Designed to Belittle and Insult, as an ongoing obvious Acrimonious example (as people do not tend to insult people they like and respect or do not see as a Threat)!?...
"Welsh People Must be Allowed to be Able to Tell their Own Story and Set their Own Narrative of Who they are, that can be Accessed UK Wide and Internationally, Not apparently Permanently Filtered, Edited or Restricted through London, and Only allowed to be Viewed in Wales, providing a three dimensional Human perspective of Welsh people to Wales, who already know who they are, but the rest of the UK and World do not have a multi dimensional Human perspective of Welsh people, only the Homogenous Dehumanising Stereotypes"...
Just 'ONE' UK Wide Mainstream Independently Operated Television Channel Based, Edited, Produced and Made in Wales by Welsh people. Such as the 'Numerous' Mainstream Channels Based in England Operated from their Obvious Central Media London 'Monopoly' (the British Media), with it's Core Central Operational Headquarters Always Based in London (Regardless of Regional UK Offices), which Ultimately seems to Centrally Control what Overall Messages and Narratives to Send Out to all their UK Regions (& Internationally). Possessing your Own Media Industry (Commonly referred to as 'Soft Power', Hollywood for example, as it allows you to Showcase your Own Narrative of Yourselves, to showcase your best version, or even your worst version, but balanced) which also Develops a Lucrative Potential Extra £Billions of Pounds Media Industry which could Include Facilities and Finance for Films (such as with Channel 4 for Example) Showcasing Wales, it's People, Landscape, Cities and it's History World Wide. Indeed, when was the Last Time you Saw a Film, Show or Drama Series positively Acknowledging and Specifically Showcasing Wales that was available UK Wide and Internationally? Such as the Numerous British Films (& Drama Series) based in London Showcasing Specifically England and it's History to the World. Possessing just 'ONE' Welsh Based Mainstream Stream British Television Channel in Wales is Vital in Selling the Best Version of Wales to the Wider World (to Enhance Tourism along with National Pride & Confidence), coupled with Selling these Shows and Dramas made in Wales Showcasing Wales Abroad for an Extra Income Stream (a large proportion of the BBC's extra Profits are Created through this avenue, further Enabled as English is a World Wide Language, avenues that Wales could also Capitalise on), along with potential Advertising Income, and a much Needed Platform for Welsh Talent (so they do not have to Continuously go abroad for work). Based In, and therefore Circulating Finance and Highly Paid Media associated Jobs, as well as front line Acting & Presenting Opportunities around Wales (Not just Exclusively Based in, and/or Information Controlled from the London Central Hubs Only!...). Possessing a National/International Media Presence (either through the Welsh Government or as a Welsh Based Independent Company) in Wales, appears to be the Difference Between Continued Hardship, Negative Stereotyping and Under Representation OR Increased Wealth and a Positive Acknowledgement and Representation for Wales and the Welsh People (Greater Wealth through Increased 'Tourism' & 'Media' Income, Both Interlinked and Proven £Billion Pound Industries)!... Funded by Advertising Only (Same as ITV & Channel 5 London Model's) or a Mixture of Public and Advertising Funding Combined (Similar to the Channel 4 London Model). Indeed, can Anyone Set Out a 'Logical Reason' Why it may be Beneficial for Wales to Consistently 'Not' be Allowed it's Own Mainstream Television Channel Based in Wales?Whilst the Evidenced Benefit's to England's Economy, Culture and Society are so Clearly Demonstrated over the Border in England?... See p118 & p127 in the Free Book Provided above for More Information Regarding the "British Media"...
Just 'ONE' Welsh Based National (& therefore International) Mainstream Television Channel is Needed to also try to 'BALANCE OUT' the Historic & Ongoing UK Media 'MONOPOLY' by the apparent Central London English Establishment Media (A One Sided Selective 'Perspective' & 'Financial Reward'?), through their 'Numerous' London Centred British National TV Channels. Which includes all the Countless Mainstream London Based Channels of BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC World Service, ITV, Channel 4 & Channel 5, with their Numerous 'Add On' Associated Channels such as ITV 2, 3, 4, ITVBe & their +1's for example, Historically Dominating the Whole of the UK's National & International Media, and then Labelled and Packaged as the "British" Media!?...Including further English Based large Franchises such as British Sky Broadcasting (BSB) Channels which include Sky Sports 1,2,3,4, Sky One, Sky Two, Sky News & Sky Living (Edited, Staffed & Produced from London) to name but a few. Not to mention all the Other Smaller English based Nationally accessible TV Stations such as Dave, Quest, Pick, Yesterday, True, Alibi, Drama, Eden, Home, W, UKTV, Kerrang, MTV(UK), Really, Gold, Nickelodeon, CBeebies, Box Office, Box Nation as well as BT Sports and their other numerous associated Channels (with many more New Channels appearing frequently) as Easily Evidenced Examples (as Compared to Wales with No Independent Channels Based or Owned in Wales)...
This English London British Media 'MONOPOLY' Might Explain the Historical and Ongoing Predominantly English Flavour to their London Controlled so called British Productions such as just Recently, 'Downton Abbey', 'Peaky Blinders', 'Vanity Fair', 'Poldark', 'Killing Eve', 'A Very English Scandal', 'Victoria', 'The Crown', 'The Bodyguard', 'Sherlock', 'The Paradise', 'Merlin', 'Mr.Selfridge', with many more to come no doubt (Along side Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street in UK Soaps), amongst Numerous other Relatively Recent Ongoing Examples, many of which Sold World Wide, which Essentially Acts as 'Free Cultural Advertising'. Not to Mention all the Numerous Historic and Ongoing London Based and 'Funded' 'Films' that 'Showcase' England, their Life's, People, Historic Figures, Culture, History and Locations, as well as Showcasing their Home Grown Actors, Directors & Producers. Including Films such as just recently , 'The Darkest Hour', 1917, 'The King's Speech', 'The Queen', 'The Favourite', 'The Theory of Everything', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and all the 'James Bond' Films and 'Sherlock Holmes' Film Franchises portraying English people as Intelligent, Suave and Sophisticated, to Name but a 'Fraction' of just the relatively recent ongoing English examples. However, Notice the Historic and Ongoing Limited (almost Non Existent) Overall Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish Representation (the Other Member's of the UK) depicting and Showcasing their Life's, People, Historical Figures, Culture, Identity, History and specifically connected Locations, or any of their Home Grown Talent through the so called "British Film Industry" based in London, on the National & International Stage. Furthermore, to suggest that because a couple of Shows may be Filmed in Wales means Wales has a Thriving Media Industry is Insane, that would be like John Travolta renting a car from me, and me then saying, now I am part of the Actors Guild. As any shows filmed in Wales do not mention Wales, and are in no way about Wales, so in essence any background scenery could be anywhere. Having a National Mainstream Media Industry means Wales can put the Focus on themselves (not always London), and not having to rely on anyone else to Highlight and Showcase Wales, it's Culture, Identity and History to the Global Audience, which is obviously good for Tourism, but also good for the Welsh people to be able to tell their own story of who they are, in a positive light, and not just sometimes used as a background scenery (if Lucky) for someone else's productions, showcasing someone else??!... Surely Wales as a Nation should have more Ambition than That...
Wales must be allowed to Independently tell their own story of who they are to the wider global audience, to build Confidence in their Nation and to provide a very productive Financial Source into Wales, by also allowing it to promote itself and it's Talent, not the interpretation of London as to who the Welsh people are as a Nation. Particularly pertinent given the well documented some what acrimonious relationship Wales has, and continues to have with England over the Centuries. It is probably not the best idea to allow the person who respects you the least to control your media (London), and allow them to set the Narrative to the world of who you are as a people?
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