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Campaigns in Wales

Mounting concerns about the newspaper and broadcasting sectors has prompted the NUJ in Wales to extend its work by lobbying politicians at the National Assembly for Wales and at Westminster as well as promoting quality journalism more generally in Welsh society.

We see our role as defending our members' jobs and ensuring the survival of a vibrant and distinctive Welsh media. This is essential for democracy at a time when the assembly is accruing more powers and implementing policies specifically designed for Wales.

Since 2006 the assembly has conducted three formal inquiries into the state of the Welsh newspaper industry in response to the union's prompting. NUJ reps have given both written and verbal evidence on all three occasions.

While legislative responsibility for the industry is not devolved, the scrutiny of assembly members (AMs) has forced newspaper companies imposing job cuts and title closures to account for themselves in public.

In addition, the union has been instrumental in setting up all-party Welsh media groups at Cardiff Bay and Westminster.

We also keep politicians informed about developments in the industry.

Journalism and journalists in Wales have experienced turmoil for in the industry for a decade. The union led a successful campaign to halt a Welsh proposal that would have relieved public bodies of the obligation to advertise road traffic orders in newspapers.

It also gained the support of Welsh politicians for a proposal that would oblige newspaper companies to offer titles for sale before closing them.

The union organised a well-attended conference in partnership with the university of Glamorgan that examined the future for the newspaper industry in Wales which included a consideration of the viability of new initiatives, such as the Port Talbot MagNet.

As a result of our efforts, decision-makers in Wales are fully aware of the challenges facing the industry.

In broadcasting the union has also been at the forefront of campaigns against cuts at BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C. All three broadcasters have been under pressure as a result of budget cuts, and the union has made strong representations, opposing such cuts, to both the UK and Welsh governments.