Joint Committee on The Draft Communications Bill Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Mr Christopher Castle

  The board of OFCOM should have someone on it who is capable of understanding the specific needs of broadcasting in Wales. In order to understand these specific needs (since the proof of the pudding is in the eating) a Welsh-speaking member must be appointed to the board.

  Translation is an inefficient medium—the furore in the press due to bad translations into English of often innocuous statements by Language Activists proves the point. The exact needs of Welsh speakers must be taken into account, not just English Language approximations of what we say about our Television.

  An added reason is the fact that I feel I must write to you in English despite the supposedly "Equal" Status of Welsh.

May 2002

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