BBC partners with Hay Festival 2014

The BBC will be broadcasting a broad range of programmes from the Hay Festival, including The One Show, Radio 3’s In Tune and World News’ Talking Books Specials, in addition to reflecting the true spirit of the festival and its unique cultural line-up to those who cannot attend – this to me is a model of public service broadcasting.Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Date: 01.05.2014     Last updated: 02.05.2014 at 11.32
The BBC has announced a major new three year partnership with the annual Hay Festival, 22 May - 1 June 2014.

As part of the new partnership, BBC Cymru Wales will join forces with the BBC’s network radio, television, online and global news services to provide comprehensive coverage of one of the world’s most celebrated literary festivals.

BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru will be broadcasting live at the event, which comes from inside the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Some of the stations’ best-loved programmes and presenters will be capturing and celebrating the best writers, poets, comedians and speakers, bringing radio audiences the latest features, news and discussions throughout the 10-day event.

  • Wynne Evans’s Big Welsh Weekend, Friday, May 23 & 30, 1-4pm
  • Roy Noble, Sunday, May 25, 10.30am
  • Jamie Owen, Sunday, May 25, 12pm
  • Good Morning Wales, Tuesday, May 27, 6am
  • The Arts Show, Wednesday, May 28, 6.30pm
  • Stiwdio gyda Nia Roberts, Thursday, May 25, 1.30pm

BBC Arts Online will also take the audience to Hay, publishing daily content, including live streams of some of the headline events and daily festival digests, helping to further realise the BBC and Hay Festival’s ambitions for a digital festival.

This year there will be a dedicated tent of BBC events, UK-wide television coverage will be provided via The One Show, which will broadcast from the festival for the first time, while the comprehensive radio coverage features a range of diverse programmes across network radio stations BBC Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and 6 Music. Martha Kearney will be broadcasting from the site; and Razia Iqbal will be interviewing Toni Morrison, Jung Chang and Karl Ove Knausgaard for five special programmes of Talking Books on BBC World News. BBC Four will also make a one-hour documentary about the festival and the book-loving town of Hay on Wye. There will also be a local flavour to the coverage, with the BBC’s services in Wales committing to the festival.

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, says: “This is the strongest commitment to Hay Festival we’ve made. Our coverage this year will demonstrate our ambition to join up arts on the BBC like never before – across television, radio and digital. By doing so we can give the public access to the greatest writers, performers and thinkers in a way that no one else can.

"The BBC will be broadcasting a broad range of programmes from the Hay Festival, including The One Show, Radio 3’s In Tune and World News’ Talking Books Specials, in addition to reflecting the true spirit of the festival and its unique cultural line-up to those who cannot attend – this to me is a model of public service broadcasting.”

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Wales says: “The Hay Festival has established itself as a true festival of ideas - bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers. And I’m absolutely delighted that this new partnership will enable BBC audiences right across Wales - and right across the UK - to savour the real magic of Hay.”

Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival, says: “This partnership takes conversations that take place in a field in Wales, on a beach in Cartagena, in a garden in Bangladesh, and amplifies them to readers and thinkers in every country on Earth. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to be both local and global, intimate and public, to share stories and ideas beyond borders or silences. The BBC will give everyone, everywhere, the best seat at the table.”

Founded in 1987, the festival attracts the most thrilling writers, filmmakers, comedian, politicians and musicians from across the World.

SM2