To: DCMS, BBC Unitory Board & Ofcom

Request an independent review of how the BBC portrays the Welsh language.

Request an independent review of how the BBC portrays the Welsh language.

An independent review should look at all BBC content that contained a reference to the Welsh language, prioritising news and current affairs output during the the last 24 months.

Why is this important?

Tonight on the day the Welsh Government published a white paper on the future of the Welsh language BBC's flagship current affairs programme Newsnight posed the question "is the Welsh language a help or hindrance to the nation ", this was followed up in an item where the presenter suggested the Welsh language was a hobby and invited a contribution from an individual with a long track record of trolling the Welsh language. A review would enable the preparation of a documented audit of all items relating to the Welsh language and would be able to establish if indeed there is an issue with regards how the Welsh language is portrayed and to assess what editorial systems are in place to ensure editorial fairness.


Reasons for signing

  • What is England's problem? Growing up in England, I was always amazed that we weren't taught at least the rudiments of Welsh, since it is part of the culture of the UK! I would have benefitted tremendously from the education.
  • The BBC are as antiquated as the belief that the entire world should speak English. As an Englishman who has moved to Wales I hear people speaking Welsh all the time, it is a complex and beautiful language and one which the Welsh people are quite rightly very proud of. Perhaps the omnipotent being that is the BBC should be encouraging people to learn Welsh instead of doing the usual belittling act.
  • The portrayal of Welsh on various BBC programmes is not too dissimilar to how BBC situation comedies portrayed 'ethnic minorities' way back in the seventies - which is now regarded as rank racialism. Why does it appear to be acceptable - and amusing - to continue to deride the Welsh?

Updates

2017-08-19 06:25:11 +0100

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition. 8,000 signatories gives a clear indication that this is a matter that requires immediate attention. I will no be submitting the request to all relevant parties. Diolch yn fawr.

2017-08-16 08:45:30 +0100

Will be bringing the petition to a close this Friday the 18th of July. So please share as widely as possible before then. I will then be presenting it to the 3 relevant parties. Will share responses with you and the media in due course. Diolch

2017-08-11 15:34:55 +0100

Now that the petition has surpassed 5,000 signatories I will be contacting the relevant parties requesting the independent review.

2017-08-11 09:48:21 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-08-10 10:01:17 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-08-10 08:49:24 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-08-10 01:03:51 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-08-10 00:10:26 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-08-09 23:49:24 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-08-09 23:35:49 +0100

10 signatures reached