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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 and mainstream programming on BBC 1 & 2 and on Radio 4 during the the last 4 years.

Why is this important?

This petition was originally launched in August 2017 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.

Since then there have been a number of instances where the Welsh language has received negative coverage on the BBC, with an episode of Have I Got News For You broadcast in Friday, the 30th of April, mocking the language in the name of comedy.

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.

How it will be delivered

The petition will be delivered electronically to the parties named above.

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Updates

2021-05-01 07:48:44 +0100

Four years after launching this petition there have been a number of further instances where the Welsh language has recipient derogatory treatment, the latest on the BBC's flagship panel show "Have I Got News For You". In light of this I am asking people to sign and share the petition. When it reaches 10,000 I will re present the petition with an updated request. Diolch

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