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20.12.02

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WALES


New Welsh BBC Governor appointed


Downing Street today announced that Professor Merfyn Jones has been appointed BBC National Governor for Wales. He will take up his post on 1 January 2003 for a four-year term.


In a statement BBC Chairman, Gavyn Davies, said: "I greatly welcome the appointment of Merfyn Jones and look forward to working with him.


"He has an impressive range of experience in broadcasting and in Welsh national affairs and history which should make him a valuable member of the Board of Governors."


Gavyn Davies also paid tribute to Roger Jones, retiring BBC National Governor for Wales, saying, "Roger has a tremendous passion for the BBC, particularly BBC Wales, as well as for Wales and its people.


"I will miss him, his commitment to the organisation and the experience of business and rural affairs he brought to the Board's discussions.


"I wish him well in his Chairmanship of the Welsh Development Agency."


Notes to Editors


Professor Merfyn Jones replaces Roger Jones who retires as BBC National Governor for Wales on 30 December 2002 having served for six years.


The BBC National Governor for Wales also chairs the Broadcasting Council for Wales.


Merfyn Jones is a historian and broadcaster. A graduate of the universities of Sussex and Warwick he has held academic posts at several universities including the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Liverpool where he was Director of Continuing Education.


Since 1994 he has been Professor of Welsh History at the University of Wales, Bangor.


He specialises in the modern and contemporary history of society and politics in Wales with a special interest in the history of the process of devolution.


He is the author of a number of books and articles including The North Wales Quarrymen for which he was awarded the Welsh Arts Council prize for literature.


In 1998 he became Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University; he presented evidence on the 'shape and size' of Welsh higher education to the National Assembly Review of Higher Education and is a member of the National Assembly – Academia working group.


A regular broadcaster in both Welsh and English, he wrote and presented the thirteen-hour television history of Wales in the twentieth century, Cymru 2000.


The series, broadcast on S4C, was based on over three hundred interviews which he conducted with figures prominent in Welsh politics and culture; in 2000 he was awarded a BAFTA Cymru award for his outstanding contribution to history on television.


He is the Member for Wales at the Broadcasting Standards Commission, a position he is standing down from.


He is also a member of the Management Board of the University Wales Press and of the Board of Celtic Studies.


He lives in Snowdonia.


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