Broadcasting Task Group: Policy Sub Group
This paper outlines a set of principles agreed
with representatives of BBC Wales, HTV Wales and S4C guiding broadcasting
from the National Assembly. The Assembly will take its own view
of broadcasting arrangements but there needs to be a set of guidelines
to assist the broadcasters from day one. This guidance applies
only to the use of material provided by the operator of the Assembly
proceedings. In drafting this document we have tried to avoid
being overly prescriptive while at the same time recognising the
integrity of the proceedings.
1. The operator (ie, whoever is selected
to produce the signal) should be responsible to the appropriate
committee of the Assembly for implementing the rules of coverage
agreed with the broadcasting organisations.
2. The operator should be contracted to
ensure that the signal provides a full, fair and accurate account
of the proceedings of the Assembly.
3. The rules of coverage apply to the plenary
session of the Assembly and to proceedings of the Assembly Committees.
4. A television and radio signal will be
provided for the entirety of all plenary sessions of the Assembly.
All proceedings of the Assembly should be available for radio
only broadcast. It may not be possible to provide television of
all Committees, but a system should be agreed with the broadcasters
for designating those Committees to be televised.
5. It is the duty of the operator to provide
coverage which follows the proceedings of the Assembly and its
Committees. This means that the coverage must concentrate primarily
on the Assembly member who is speaking. However, a variety of
shots may be used to illustrate the geography of the Chamber.
6. It should be the duty of the operator
to provide coverage which clearly shows the method of voting in
the Assembly, however it is organised.
7. As a general rule, the operator should
switch to a picture of the Presiding Officer whenever he or she
is speaking. A close-up or a wide-angle shot would be permissible.
8. When using the signal in their programmes,
all broadcasting organisations must pay heed to the dignity of
the Assembly. It would not be appropriate to use extracts from
the coverage in any way which might trivialise the proceedings
or undermine the authority of the Assembly.