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
To: DCMS, BBC Unitory Board & Ofcom
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.