BBC Radio Wales's remit is to be a speech-led service for adults, covering a wide range of genres and reflecting the issues, events, culture and interests of the people of Wales. Programmes should focus on local and national concerns but also address matters of UK and international significance.
Editor's vision for the service in 2010/2011
Radio Wales's ambition is to produce compelling radio that matters here and now to the people of Wales. We strive to inform, analyse, excite and entertain the audience with relevant and distinctive content. Our aim is to explain how life in Wales is evolving politically, socially and culturally.
Part of our role is to reflect the achievements of the people of Wales and to celebrate moments that unite the nation and its communities. We will do this through comprehensive coverage of sporting and cultural events, reflecting the passion our audiences feel on these occasions. Where appropriate, we will support these events with online content to broaden the experience for audiences.
The station will bring information and analysis to the Welsh audience in the lead-up to the General Election of 2010 and the National Assembly Elections of 2011. With a referendum on greater law-making powers for Wales also potentially taking place during this period, the station will deliver explanation and analysis on the key issues.
We will focus on new Welsh music during the coming year, with new and revamped specialist shows during the evenings and weekends. Welsh comedy talent will also play a more prominent role on the station, providing opportunities to new talent through new commissions.
Radio Wales will reflect the whole of Wales. We will give opportunities for people to tell their stories around local programming linked to the History Of The World series and will play a significant role in supporting the landmark history project Snowdonia 1890.
Steve Austins, Acting Editor, BBC Radio Wales
Key challenges for Radio Wales in 2010/2011
Radio Wales has a consistent record of performance over the past 10 years. However, the station needs to address a number of challenges.
Challenge: As the national English language radio service for Wales, we will focus on generating creative and original programmes that will extend our reach and develop the distinctiveness of the station. During 2010/2011 we will:
Explore the issues around the General Election through the eyes of members of different clubs and societies across Wales. This grassroots reflection on key election talking points will ensure that our coverage is relevant to our audience.
Develop opportunities for more listeners to interact and tell their stories on air through our mid-morning and lunchtime magazine programmes.
Deliver storytelling that reflects the people of Wales. We will commission a season of stories about the role of Welsh people in war – from the Second World War to Afghanistan.
Ensure a more integral place for new Welsh music, comedy and writing on the station. We will introduce a more joined-up music strategy linking our specialist output such as Adam Walton and Frank Hennessy and Amy Wadge with our daytime music offer. For the first time, comedy will have a bespoke weekly slot on the station.
Challenge: We will continue to develop portrayal and coverage of all geographical areas across Wales through:
Our role in the landmark project Snowdonia 1890, which will take us to north-west Wales and give an opportunity to debate the history and people of this part of Wales.
Attending events across Wales during the summer, including the Hay Festival, the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale.
Delivering sports output that reflects a broad range of sporting communities. The Ryder Cup in Wales this autumn, the Commonwealth Games and the ongoing build-up to the Olympics will be our launch pad for this.
Giving an opportunity to people across Wales to play into our history content during the year through campaigns such as History Of The High Street in autumn 2010, allowing a debate on community to flourish across the nation.
Challenge: We will foster innovation in our coverage of the cultural life of Wales by:
Covering new arts ventures such as the new English language National Theatre of Wales productions taking place across Wales during 2010 as part of our arts coverage.
Ensuring that we reflect the feeling of a national occasion around sporting occasions such as the Six Nations rugby internationals through campaigns that will engage a broad audience.
Playing our role in campaigns that give us the opportunity to tell the story of Welsh culture, such as History Of The World.
Ensuring that we tell the story of the National Eisteddfod coming to Ebbw Vale in August 2010 – a heartland area for Radio Wales but also an English-speaking area.
Other programming highlights
News and current affairs
Programmes on Radio Wales will continue to offer intelligent analysis of Welsh, UK and international news stories and developments. In a General Election year, Radio Wales will offer originality and distinctiveness through weekly programmes on Welsh current affairs, politics and business.
We will continue to be the trusted destination for Welsh sport, offering comprehensive coverage in 2010/2011 of:
Euro 2012 qualifiers, Football League and Blue Square Premier football.
Wales's year-long preparations for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Our medal hopefuls in the Commonwealth Games.
Extensive event and behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ryder Cup, one of the world's biggest sporting events, as it comes to Wales for the first time.
Rhod Gilbert will continue to be at the forefront of the station's commitment to Welsh comedy with his weekly Saturday morning show and podcast. We will significantly increase the number of comedy slots open to commission in order to provide opportunities for new Welsh writing and performing talent to develop on the station. We will aim to offer new comedy commissions an on-demand offer for added impact and value for money.
We will offer a range of documentaries that challenge audiences across the service. These will concentrate on remarkable stories told in a compelling way. We intend to commission specific seasons around:
The Welsh countryside, to tie in with Snowdonia 1890.
Wales and its role in war, tying in with the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Swansea and the planned Armed Forces Day events based here in June 2010.
What it means to be disabled in Wales in 2010.
We intend to strengthen our commitment to music in Wales and build a strategy around new Welsh music that will engage our audiences new and old by:
Strengthening our evening and weekend commitment to new Welsh artists.
Building the best and most accessible of these artists into our daytime music policy.
Celebrating our success stories. We will mark Tom Jones's 70th birthday in June and we will keep track of the careers of acclaimed new artists such as Marina and the Diamonds.
Alongside this we will continue to broadcast the BBC National Orchestra of Wales concerts throughout Wales and the world across the year.
Conditions: BBC purposes and Radio Wales commitments
Unless otherwise stated, all commitments are minimum hours and include originations, repeats and acquisitions. All conditions are annual unless otherwise stated.
Sustaining citizenship and civil society
At least 24 hours of news and current affairs each week.
Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence
At least 10% of output will be commissioned from independent producers.