12 – 4pm
ELEPHANT & CASTLE, NEWTOWN
With guest speaker Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director BBC Cymru Wales.
Rhodri Talfan Davies was appointed Director of BBC Cymru Wales in September 2011 after a career spanning journalism, interactive television development and marketing.
In his role, he oversees all BBC programming produced for Wales, including BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and extensive television output for S4C, BBC One Wales and BBC Two Wales. Popular programming includes BBC Wales Today, Hinterland, Scrum V, Pobol y Cwm and Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience.
The BBC Wales production centres at Llandaff and Cardiff Bay are also home to BBC Studios, which produces a wide range of output for the BBC’s network television channels, including Casualty, Doctor Who, One Show and Young Musician.
BBC Wales operates from bases across Wales, including Bangor, Wrexham, Carmarthen and Swansea. The Roath Lock centre in Cardiff Bay, which opened in 2012, is the biggest TV drama production facility in the UK. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, which is also run by BBC Wales, is based at Hoddinott Hall in the Wales Millennium Centre.
Originally from Cardiff, and a fluent Welsh speaker, Rhodri was educated at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford.
He began his career as a sub-editor with the Western Mail newspaper in Cardiff before joining the BBC as a news trainee in 1993. Over the next six years, he worked as a news reporter and producer at a number of BBC centres including Newcastle, Manchester and London – before being appointed Head of Regional and Local Programmes at BBC West in Bristol in 1999.
Rhodri left the BBC in 2001 to lead the development of one of the world’s earliest on- demand television services, known as HomeChoice. In partnership with Disney, BBC, Warner Bros, Fox and other major producers, it delivered a commercial on-demand and catch-up service to tens of thousands of homes in London before being acquired by Talk Talk TV. In 2004, his team won a UK BAFTA for the service’s pioneering interactive facilities.
Rhodri returned home to join BBC Wales in 2006 after eighteen months as Head of Television Marketing at Telewest (now Virgin Media), the cable television provider. Until his appointment as Director, he led BBC Wales’ strategy and marketing teams.
Rhodri has three children and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of South Wales, Vice President of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Chair of Uprising Wales.