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BBC Wales Controller Menna Richards
"Savings made by reducing management and administrative costs will be re-invested into programme-making here in Wales"
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Friday, 12 May, 2000, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Shake-up at BBC Wales
Menna Richards
Menna Richards - changes were imperative
The new controller of BBC Wales, Menna Richards, has announced major changes in the structure of the organisation.

She told BBC Wales staff there would be fewer managers and that money saved would be diverted into programme making in Wales.

It would also create "a more collaborative and creative environment" to ensure that BBC Wales made the best possible programmes across all its services - on radio, television and online, in Welsh and in English, she said.

The changes were imperative if BBC Wales was to continue to retain and win audiences in the face of increasing competition, she added.


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"This is very good news indeed," she added.

"With increasing competition, really talented people have lots more opportunities to choose from. I want them to feel that BBC Wales is the obvious place to work because it is exciting, vibrant, fun and produces great programmes."

The changes followed BBC's Director-General Greg Dyke's April 3 announcement in which he promised a flatter, more inclusive structure with what he said would be more leadership and less management.

Roger Jones, the BBC's National Governor for Wales and the Chairman of the Broadcasting Council for Wales, said he fully supported Ms Richards's action.


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The key change will be the abolition of the split between commissioning and production, meaning producers would no longer have to compete against each other for airtime.

The changes also see a cut in the number of people on the BBC Wales management board.

Further changes involve a new Factual department being set up and a separate Arts department being established

Several senior management posts will be advertised to find people to run the new structure, which it is expected will be in place by August.

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