Wales politics

'Metropolitan BBC must change,' warns Welsh minister

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The BBC's "metropolitan culture" must change, according to the Welsh minister who speaks on broadcasting.

Alun Davies's comments came during a Senedd debate on the draft version of the BBC's next Royal Charter.

AMs broadly welcomed plans that include giving Welsh ministers the right to approve the appointment of a non-executive BBC board member for Wales.

But assembly members also warned the corporation must do more to reflect Wales in its programming.

Broadcasting is a policy area that has not been devolved to Wales.

Mr Davies said: "There is a metropolitan culture within the BBC that believes it knows best for the whole of the United Kingdom.

"That is not right, it is not fair and it must change."

Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth, a former BBC journalist, said: "BBC Wales has to reflect the people of Wales and the life of Wales in a much better way."

UKIP assembly group leader Neil Hamilton said there was "far too much focus in the BBC on London".

Conservative Suzy Davies said the Charter, which outlines how the BBC will be funded, governed and scrutinised over the next 11 years, represented a "step forward in maturity of relationship" between the Welsh and UK governments.

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