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No. 32 Sept. 1958

Letter of the month : Television in Wales.

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disappeared because the Welsh staff
are on holiday. This company en-
tered into an agreement to present
television programmes in Welsh but
it is significant that apart from an
occasional bilingual musical pro-
gramme on Sundays at 6.15 pm
(when many Welsh viewers are in
church and chapel) it has presented
no programme in Welsh after 5.0 pm.
The impact of radio and television
upon any community must have
far-reaching results If the BBC and
and itv continue to treat Wales as
part of an English region, the effect
upon our language and culture will
be catastrophic.
An adequate and suitable television
service for Wales is urgently neces-
sary and we certainly cannot afford
to await a new BBC Charter before
it is established. It can be done
quickly if the Government will agree
to give Wales a separate channel and
to release money to build trans-
mitters which will serve the whole of
Wales. Nothing effective can be
done without this preliminary action,
This flowering girl, wet from the sea
Like Venus Anadyomene,
Sea-drops like pearls on her sun-burned face,
Hair tangled from the salt-sea chase,
Bright with the flush of beating waves
Turns my elegiac thoughts from graves,
And with brown hands towels away
The spume of green mortality.
but when it is agreed, perhaps the
BBC and an independent television
company can between them work
out a method of sharing the channel
and transmitters which will ensure
for Wales a service adequate to her
needs.
Yours truly,
(Signed) (Sir) H Idris Bell, Aberyst-
wyth; Cynan, CBE, Deputy Archdruid
of Wales, Joint Secretary National
Eisteddfod Council; Clement Davies.
PC, mp; (Principal) Pennar Davies,
ph D Principal Memorial College, Brecon.
(Rev) Islwyn Ffowc Elis (Welsh
novelist) Bangor; (Sir) D Emrys Evans,
University College, Bangor; Gwynfor
Evans; I Ll Foster, Oxford; Gwenan
Jones, University of Wales; J E Jones,
Plaid Cymru; (Rev Prof) R Tudur
Jones, MA, phD, Bala-Bangor College,
Bangor; Iorwerth C Peate, Welsh Folk
Museum; Keidrych Rhys; Kate Roberts,
DLitt (Wales) (Welsh Novelist) Den-
bigh; B Haydn Williams, BSC, pIid,
Director of Education for Flintshire;
D J Williams, MA, D Litt, Fishguard.
SEA GIRL
John Stuart Williams
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