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Science on Television in Wales

Initiator and Organiser:   5th June 2014

Science on TV in Wales a joint RTS / Cardiff School of Journalism / Science Made Simple event.  See my blog post on the JOMEC website.

Television is the British public’s main source of knowledge about science.  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.

Elis Owen, Llion Iwan, Elin Rhys, Hywel Wiliam,  Wendy Sadler, Prof. Julie Williams
Elis Owen, Llion Iwan, Elin Rhys, Hywel Wiliam, Wendy Sadler, Prof. Julie Williams

S4C ended a long dearth this year with science series, Dibendraw, so will English-language television follow suit? Does the scarcity of TV science in Wales affect public attitudes to the funding of research and to science education?  Does it confirm that the Welsh are not a nation of scientists?

The panel debated the role of science on Welsh television and the role of television in Welsh science.

The fifty people who attended were left in no doubt of the passionate commitment in all three areas of expertise: scientists, programme makers and tv commissioners – but also of the clearly expressed appreciation of, and need for, more opportunities for science and the media to understand each other better. Continue reading Science on Television in Wales

Expertise Exchange: Uniting Research and Practice for TV in Wales and beyond

Expertise Exchange: Uniting Research and Practice for TV in Wales and beyond is a joint RTS / Cardiff University School of Journalism (JOMEC) event.  See my blog post on the JOMEC website.

Contributors:

  • Professor Justin Lewis and Llion Iwan, Content Commissioner, Factual and Sport, S4C
    Consumerism, the hidden driver behind all TV production?
  • Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Ashok Ahir, of Communications Agency, mela; former Head of Politics, BBC Cymru Wales.  Impartiality and representation of opinion on TV news
  • Dr Cindy Carter and Huw Foulkes, Broadcast Journalist, Ffeil & Newyddion 9, BBC CymruWhat TV news provision does the younger teen audience want?
  • Dr Ross Garner and Mike Talbot, Series Editor, Wales This Week, ITV Wales
    Producing the ‘Mainstream’ in Wales
  • Professor Jenny Kitzinger and Erika Hossington, Series Producer, Casualty, BBC Cymru Wales
    How can TV drama represent family experiences of long term ‘coma’?

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An enjoyable and thought-provoking event resulting in 3 on-going partnerships:

  • Prof Jenny Kitzinger and Erika Hossington: a potential new storyline involving coma next year for ‘Casualty’.
  • Dr Ross Garner and Mike Talbot: collaboration on producing tv in Wales for the mainstream.
  • Dr Cindy Carter and Huw Foulkes: collaboration on News for young teenagers.

Continue reading Expertise Exchange: Uniting Research and Practice for TV in Wales and beyond