Questions for the Beeb over Welsh Candidate

There is a by-election in the Welsh Assembly for the Anglesey constituency and the Welsh nationalists have got themselves into a right tizz. Rhun ap Iorwerth, one of BBC Wales’ most prominent faces, has announced he is standing down from broadcasting to seek the nomination. Local sources suggest that he is not even a member so Plaid Cymru are having to bend the rules. The local party and other local candidates are said to be furious about it. The BBC are saying this afternoon that as soon as Rhun ap Iorweth was linked to the seat then he was immediately removed from the airwaves. That’s not quite what happened…

The Beeb man’s planned candidacy was well known in Welsh media circles since mid last week and other hacks were tweeting about it. The less-subtle hints have subsequently been deleted, but what is clear is the BBC claim today that Rhun ap Iorwerth was taken off the air immediately is nonsense. For example, on Saturday their Welsh Affairs Editor Vaughan Roderick was in the know: “Sibrydion diddorol o Ynys Môn. Interesting rumours from Anglesey. Expect something tomorrow.” As were Welsh papers…

What correspondence, texts, emails or private DMs were exchanged between Rhun ap Iorwerth and editorial and/or management at BBC Wales about his intention to stand for selection? Precisely when did Rhun ap Iorwerth notify BBC Wales of his intention to stand for selection as the Plaid Cymru candidate? Did BBC Wales instruct journalists from their Political Unit at any point not to report on the controversy building around Rhun ap Iorwerth? Questions, questions…




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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