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RTS Wales Student Television Awards 2013
This year our awards will be presented on the 21st March, as part of the Zoom International Youth Film Festival. The festival is Wales’s largest film event for young people, organised for and with children and young people. It will be held in five venues across the South Wales valleys from the 17th - 21st March 2014.
More details to follow.
We are now pleased to announce the nominations.
Breaking into Media
Our second event of 2014 will be in association with the Media Academy Wales. Students, graduates and tutors, and individuals outside of the Academy are invited to get a flavour of what it's like to work in documentary and factual media production. This will be at the ATRiuM on the 27th March.
More details in the Media Academy site.
RTS Programme Awards 2013
Congratulations to all the Welsh nominees in the RTS Programme Awards 2013:-
The Call Centre. BBC Documentaries, Cymru Wales for BBC Three.
How To Win The Grand National. An OSF Wales Production for Channel 4, (Oxford Scientific Films).
Casualty. BBC Drama Production Wales for BBC One.
The full list is here, with apologies to anyone we've missed above.
50 Years of BBC Wales TV
The current Director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies, reflects on their 50th anniversary on February 9th:
"The launch of BBC Wales at last gave a nation the ability to see itself and to speak to itself on its own terms, about its own affairs and to do so in both its languages."
"... my hunch is that the biggest challenge of all facing BBC Wales in the months and years ahead is to keep pace with a Wales that is changing perceptibly all around us."
Read More in WalesOnline
More Local TV for Wales
Ofcom announced that applications had been made for licences in Bangor, Mold, and Swansea.
Two of the licenses have now been awarded to Bay TV Swansea and Bay TV Clwyd.
Read More from the BBC
New Year Honour
Our congratulations go to Geraint Talfan Davies, who has been awarded an OBE. He was BBC Wales Controller from 1990-2000, and is now chair and a co-founder of the think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA).
A former chairman of Welsh National Opera and Arts Council Wales, Mr Talfan Davies, of Cardiff, has also served as a board member of the Wales Millennium Centre and the Artes Mundi prize, and as a governor of the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
He is given an OBE for his services to culture, broadcasting and charity.
Read More about Welsh honours, from the BBC
'Devolution and Broadcasting'
In December, the UK's Changing Union Project published a report with the above title, prepared by the Institute of Welsh Affair's Media Policy Group.
The project's Coordinator, Lleu Williams, has summarised the report in the click on wales site.
2014 Festival News
It has been announced that Ffresh, the student moving image festival of Wales, will take place in Cardiff.
Also that the main venue for next year's Celtic Media Festival will be the Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall.
December Event Report
'Docu-soaps', 'Docu-dramas', 'Obs docs' etc, are they documentary? Are they comedy, entertainment? Do they laugh 'at' or 'with' people? The usual discussions that make tele a hot topic of debate, and part of the huge success of The Call Centre was indeed due to people talking about it and then flocking to it in their droves!
We presented a debate about observational documentaries at Swansea University on the 12th December.
Read More in Reports
Books and videos about Television in Wales
We have added lists of relevant books and videos, including A Year in the Life of the RTS in Wales, to the site.
Let us know if you can recommend any others.
Our Administrator, Hywel Wiliam, has set up a Facebook page for the Royal Television Society Wales Centre. The page is an informal resource to allow Members and non-Members to share views and opinions about the RTS Wales Centre events and activities. (Log in to Facebook before clicking on the link.)