The BBC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Creative Wales to boost the Welsh TV industry for global audiences.
The initiative aims to champion Wales’ TV industry by supporting its titles, including factual content, in a long-term partnership. The announcement was made on Wednesday (Sept. 1) by BBC director-general Tim Davie and Dawn Boden MS, the UK’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport.
The MoU outlines a framework detailing how the two organizations will build on existing support and training for the industry, and how they’ll work together in the next three years with a view to establish a long-term working partnership focused on building a sustainable TV sector in Wales.
A partnership between BBC3, BBC Wales and Creative Wales was already launched in November 2020. It invited independent production companies based in Wales to pitch new program ideas that reflected the life experiences of 16 to 24 year olds. More than 60 ideas were pitched by Welsh companies in response.
Davie said it’s vital for the BBC to reflect the nations it serves, adding this is a key priority for the public broadcaster.
“Wales is a center of creative energy. I want to see that flourish and grow,” Davie said in a news release. “The BBC wants to support world-class drama, cutting-edge comedy and brilliant factual content. This marks the start of an exciting long-term partnership between the BBC and Creative Wales.”
The agreement builds off of existing partnerships established in the past year in titles such as the crime thriller series The Pact, which was broadcast on BBC One and received funding from Creative Wales. Davie also announced a new co-commissioned factual series for BBC Three and BBC Wales, Hot Cakes, that will follow the team behind a UK insta-bakery in the heart of Cardiff. Boom Cymru was commissioned to produce the series.
Hot Cakes will be available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Wales next year.
“This Memorandum of Understanding sets out our shared vision for supporting a vibrant, diverse, world class Welsh creative industries sector that excels in the production of a wide range of content,” Bowden said in a news release.
“I’m delighted that we’re also able to support the new co-commission and look forward to seeing the new series. This partnership also presents a fantastic opportunity to discover and access up and coming Welsh talent from across Wales.”