This will dissuade well-qualified dual language speakers from joining.
If you speak Welsh and English and want a career in the media why would you move to Camarthen?
A really stupid move.
Evan Davis had a great TV show over the last two weeks about the economics of "London v rUK". One of the 'findings' in this show was that to boost the regional economies we should be focusing on maximising the agglomoration effects, by focusing on key centres. In Wales' case, that is Cardiff. Having a media hub in Cardiff bay, for instance, would boost the productivity of the media sector in Wales, making it even more attractive as a place to locate, attracing additional media occupiers etc. If you spread things too thin, then you lose out on these effects.
If we want a more balanced UK, we might need our regions to become a bit less balanced. Instead, in Wales, we still seem wedded to this idea that we can spread economic activity around and everywhere can perform just as well as everywhere else. That isn't how modern economies work. What you need to do is focus on the economic clusters you get around major cities (e.g. Cardiff-Newport, and maybe Swansea Bay at a push) and facilitate transport links to these centres, and population growth in the vicinity of them.
S4C in Carmarthen will be further away from the action in Cardiff, will struggle to retain talent, will do less to drive the wider media sector in Wales. URGH!
Retreating to the heartlands Should have gone down the Bay and become part of the media hub down there. If the writing weren't already on the wall
Its not a coincidence ITV co-located with BBC in Manchester, or lots of media companies are setting up near the BBC studios in Cardiff. Its because media is one area where there are quite strong co-locational benefits. Less so at the corporate management level than the production level; but there are benefits in locating management and production together too.
Yawn. TG4 in Ireland has devolved its operations to the Irish speaking regions of Ireland to be closer to the communities it represents. As it stands, S4C has an office in Caernarfon (Where it's 80% Welsh speaking) and one in Cardiff. Carmarthenshire already has Tinopolis and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru so this makes sense. You'll also find that many people will simply commute from Cardiff as Carmarthen is only 15 miles away from the M4.
If Janta thinks that there are no brains outside Cardiff then he is gravely mistaken. And anyway, why would anyone want to live in the rathole that is London?
Not really. I'm from Wales but have spent a lot of time living in Berlin and Norway.
It's ugly, dirty, dangerous, unaffordable, unfriendly, full of idiots and is fast becoming a giant Monaco with Jerusalem's walls. It drains the rest of the country of its wealth and talent and is generally a sprawling nightmare. Fine for a weekend of museums, galleries and theatres but otherwise a horrible grey soulless headache with next to no quality of life.
Although it does have an amazing gay scene which is the only reason I go there.
London is twice the size of Berlin by population. And is much, much bigger geographically.
I just believe that people make a city, and not buildings necessarily.
I agree. It's not black and white. However, London may have the jobs and opportunities, but the basics aren't right like affordable rent and housing. To me, that's where Cardiff wins hands down.
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