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WALES THIS WEEK: Hacked Off

Wales This Week: Hacked off will transmit at 1930 on Tuesday 7th February on ITV 1 Wales. The programme tackles the issue of online data security… Blog by Alun Jones  – @alungjones As a multimedia production team we are pretty much all regularly online or ‘on-grid’ as Davina Payne, the programme’s producer likes to say. We … Continue reading

Simon Thomas quits Plaid leadership race

Simon Thomas has pulled out of the contest to become the next leader of Plaid Cymru. He’s conceded that as someone who has been in the Assembly for less than a year he had “a lot of ground to cover and make up.” His previous experience as an MP was of course double-edged, given that … Continue reading

An Olympian feat?

by Ian Lang It’s not so long ago that sculptor Nick Elphick was so up against it that he had to sleep in his own studio – which he often couldn’t afford to heat. How things have changed in a relatively short time. He’s now numbered amongst the UK’s most promising and talented new kids … Continue reading

The New Parliamentary Map

The proposed new 30 Westminster constituencies have been published by the Boundary Commission for Wales. The Commissioners had limited room for manoeuvre as legislation cutting the size of the House of Commons meant that the existing 40 seats had to go, replaced by 30 constituencies with between 72,810 and 80,473 voters. It’s been a brutal business. … Continue reading

Old Masters’ Almanack for 2012

If 2011 can rightly claim to have been one of the busiest ever years in Welsh politics, 2012 is going to give it a good run for its money. Here, in no particular order, is my list of just some of what you can expect to crop up in January alone: New Parliamentary boundaries for … Continue reading

Swansea’s live music scene offers help to the local economy

A few days ago , a new enterprise opened on Swansea’s High Street . Located over a former furniture store, Swansea Music Art Dance is now in business. It’s an old warehouse that’s been transformed by an army of volunteers into a recording studio and rehearsal space run by director Stu Sumner Smith. It’s just … Continue reading

Guest blog: The effect of domestic abuse on children

Sally Hanson is a children’s services practitioner for the NSPCC’s DART (Domestic Abuse Recovering Together) programme in Prestatyn. The Welsh Government’s Christmas campaign to help raise awareness and challenge attitudes towards domestic abuse in Wales has been launched by the First Minister in Cardiff. The devastating effects of domestic abuse on adults are well documented. … Continue reading

Fresh appeal a year after Paul Jones reported missing

A year ago this week, David Samuel Paul Jones – known as Paul – went missing from Newcastle Emlyn in Carmarthenshire. Dyfed Powys Police have launched a new poster campaign to try to find him. Paul was last seen in Newcastle Emlyn town centre on December 8 2010. His disappearance led to widespread searches around the area, but he’s … Continue reading

‘Wales This Week’ looks at the state of the Welsh housing market

by Greg Lewis Kick-starting the housing market has been put at the centre of the UK Government’s agenda for turning round the economy. In the last few weeks new plans have been unveiled to extend council house tenants right to buy and to help first-time buyers. ITV Wales’ award-winning current affairs programme ‘Wales This Week’ … Continue reading

FOR SALE BY AUCTION – One collector’s life

by Rob Shelley Spend any time with Bob Gray and you start to realise he’s got a  catchphrase: ‘Now this is an interesting thing’. In fact, he’s responsible for three hundred and forty odd (and we mean odd) lots of interesting things – all very diverse, from radios which need valves and probably still get … Continue reading

Energy Prices: The Real Story

By Fiona Scott When you set out to make a film about something as general as energy prices, you never really know where the film is going to go. What is this story going to look like? For the team here at ITV Wales it took us into the realms of fuel poverty – a … Continue reading

Singleton Hospital maternity unit restricted to full-term births as E.coli outbreak investigations continue

Statement from Dr. Bruce Ferguson, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board Health officials are continuing to investigate an outbreak of E.Coli ESBL E.after it was confirmed two babies in the Swansea area had died after contracting the infection. Baby Hope Evans, who was premature, died after contracting the infection in Singleton hospital. She was five-days-old. Abertawe … Continue reading

MP calls for Judicial Review into Met’s handling of Daniel Morgan murder in 1987

An Early Day Motion calling for a full judicial inquiry into the Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan in 1987 has been tabled. Mr. Morgan, originally from Monmouthshire, was killed with an axe in a London pub car park over 24 years ago. Despite five police investigations, costing millions … Continue reading

Assembly Voting System: Welsh Labour v. Electoral Reform Society

A furious row has erupted between Welsh Labour and the Electoral Reform Society, the latest in a series of disagreements over possible changes to the way Assembly Members are elected. The ERS says changes backed by Labour would ‘rob thousands of voters of a choice and vote’ and be ‘damaging for democracy and damaging for … Continue reading

Wales criticised for missing sustainable energy targets as figures show reduction in use of renewables

The Welsh Government has been criticised for its lack of commitment to renewable energy after figures showed a reduction in the amount of electricity produced from renewable sources last year. Less electricity was generated from renewables in Wales in 2010 than in 2008, according to figures from the UK Government. A spokesperson for Friends of … Continue reading

Rare orchid comes into bloom at Treborth botanic gardens

We cover them every now and again. Stories about how our strange weather has had an impact on nature. Yesterday I was filming a rare orchid at the Bangor botanic gardens which would normally only ever bloom during the Summer, it’s now in flower. The theory is that the orchid is very receptive to light … Continue reading

Latvala wins Wales Rally GB for Ford

Jari-Matti Latvala has won this year’s Wales Rally GB after a tense competition which saw many of the favourite drivers, including last year’s winner and eight-times World Champion Sebastien Loeb and Latvala’s team mate Mikko Hirvonen, forced to retire. The Finn’s win sees the Ford team take the trophy for the first time in ten … Continue reading

£1.4m funding boost for Wales Rally GB 2012

Wales Rally GB will received a £1.4m funding boost from the Welsh Assembly next year Business Minister Edwina Hart has announced. Ms Hart said: “The value of the relationship between the staging of Wales Rally GB and Wales? automotive sector should not be underestimated. Wales Rally GB has significant links with the automotive sector in … Continue reading

Boundary Reviews: A Word of Warning

The Boundary Commission for Wales has just published a guide to how its review of parliamentary constituency boundaries will work. It’s an attempt to head off the chorus of complaints the commission knows will greet its recommendations due out in January. The Westminster coalition’s decision to ‘reduce and equalise’ the constituencies will cut the number … Continue reading

Murder arrest after Bridgend woman’s 2004 holiday fall in India

Police have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of murder seven years after a woman fell to her death on holiday in India with her husband Mrs Davies, who is from the Bridgend area, was 39-years-old when she died near the Giri River Bridge, Gaura, Himachal Pradesh, India. It was believed that she had fallen … Continue reading

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