Responding to the criticisms about the controversial schedule changes at BBC Radio Wales, a Welsh Conservative AM has argued that the people of Wales shouldn't get 'short-changed' by the BBC.
Under new plans, BBC Radio Wales' Breakfast with Claire Summers will be an all-speech news programme when it begins broadcasting on 13 May, while Good Evening Wales will be replaced by a shorter drivetime news programme presented by Gareth Lewis from 17:00 to 18:30.
Commenting, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Heritage Culture and Media – David Melding AM – said:
“I realise that audience retention, and indeed audience expansion, needs to be a priority but the new format will have to ensure that Welsh news is covered in depth.
“The BBC can’t short-change the people of Wales at a time when its political news is so important for scrutiny in this age of devolution.
“We will be monitoring the new format closely - it is a pity that the BBC did not provide more reassurance on these matters in advance of the launch”.