Regional Media Matters

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Event (CIPR)
Tuesday 24 May, Bangor North Wales

The first joint CIPR event organised by CIPR North West and CIPR Cymru Wales at Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales was a great success, with 17 PR practitioners representing the five counties of North Wales attending.

The unique challenges of local Welsh media were discussed by Dr Llion Iwan from the School of Creative Studies and Media, Bangor University. Local North Wales newspapers ‘The Caernarfon Herald’ and ‘Holyhead Mail’ increased readership in the years 1999 to 2007, bucking the national trend. The unique Welsh Language press, ‘Papurau Bro Cymru’ has 61 titles throughout Wales and 84,000 copies are printed a month.

Linda Roberts the executive editor of the Caernarfon Herald Series discussed the success of her titles The Caernarfon Herald’ and ‘Holyhead Mail’ and they type of new stories they are looking for,

Representing the BBC, Wendy Rees, Head of the BBC’s operations in North Wales discussed the scope of the BBC in North Wales and their regional studios, reporters and offices.

Jo Quinney, CIPR North West committee member, from Q Marketing & PR Ltd, was thanked for organising he meeting. “The feedback I received from the meeting was very positive and our suggestion of another joint meeting in November warmly received,” said Jo.

Local media is very important to Wales and practitioners welcomed the opportunity to discuss the best way to support a vibrant regional media.

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