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Ron Jones, TinopolisEisteddfod Event
Our annual Welsh-language event will this year be a conversation between Ron Jones, Tinopolis (right), and RTS Wales Chair, Tim Hartley.
That's a joint event with Cardiff University, on their stand on the Maes in Llanelli on the afternoon of August 5th.
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BBC Wales's New HQ Announced
It will be built, subject to planning permission, in front of Cardiff Central Station, to be ready by 2018.
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"What we need though is for the BBC to see that we don't want some kind of ivory tower, we don't want an iconic building for its own sake.  It's got to deliver better programming and more programming for the people of Wales, because that has actually been in  decline for the last ten years."
RTS Wales Chair, Tim Hartley

Visit to Comux UK
We arranged a visit to the Comux Operations Centre in Birmingham on Thursday, 26th June.  This is the central transmission hub for the new  digital terrestrial television multiplex, that will bring local TV services to over 12 million households across the UK.
(Photo by Fan Wang)
There is a 7 min video available, Comux - This is local TV

Our panel, with Angela Graham (standing right) Science on Television in Wales
On network television, science is an established and popular part of the viewing menu, yet in Wales, apart from ecology and nature programmes, science is seldom commissioned for the small screen.  For our June event, we presented a panel discussion with the above title.  That was on June 5th at Cardiff University.

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What does the future hold for TV in Wales?
Our Chair, Tim Hartley, had an article with this title published in the Western Mail on the 15th May, the day of our AGM.
"With the BBC's Director-General saying English-language programming in Wales has 'eroded', Tim Hartley, chairman of the Royal Television Society, Wales Centre, asks whether it is time to take a fresh look at the way money is spent in Wales."
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Angela Graham has written an article in response to Tim's, and also to BBC DG Tony Hall's Cardiff speech, on the Institute of Welsh Affairs site.
"At a meeting of the Royal Television Society on the 15th May, the CEOs of the three Wales-based broadcasters outlined the constraints and opportunities before them.  Working in partnership with appropriate entities; aiming for success outside Wales with Welsh stories; growing network spend in Wales; showing Wales as it really is; audience pride in quality TV from Wales – all three shared these aims."
Read More in the IWA site

AGM / Meet the CEOs
This year our AGM was once again held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff, on the 15th May.  We welcomed as a guest RTS CEO, Theresa Wise.

The panel of CEOs, 2014It was followed by an open meeting.  We were privileged once again to present Meet the CEOs, a panel discussion with the heads of the three main broadcasters in Wales:
Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Cymru Wales
Phil Henfrey, Head of News and Programmes, ITV Wales
Ian Jones, Chief Executive, S4C
The panel was chaired by Tim Hartley, Chair of the RTS Wales Centre.
This was a rare opportunity to put a question to the top men in television in Wales.
Read More by Huw Thomas, BBC Wales
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Student Award Winners Showcase
As part of the Ffresh Festival, RTS Wales showcased the current work of recent winners of its annual student film awards.  Lauren Muchan and Josh Bennett showed their winning films, and shared their experience of how they broke into the film and television industry with Prof. Chris Morris, USW.  That was in Cineworld, Cardiff, on the 12th May.
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On 11th May, we were pleased to sponsor the screening of the films shortlisted for the Ffresh Animation Award. That was at Porter's, Bute Terrace, Cardiff.
Then on the 12th, we sponsored the presentation of the Animation Award, in the ceremony starting in Cineworld.  Congratulations to Gregg Willis for his film The Human Statue.

55 Years of RTS Wales!
We were formed on the 10th April 1959 as RTS Cardiff and South Wales.  Our first Chairman was H.J. (Harry) Hockley, our Secretary D.M. (David) Thomas, and Treasurer P. (Peter) Fear.
Here's to the next 55 years!
(To tell the truth, we checked our archives too late to celebrate our 50th!)

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.
Book List
Video List

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