Some weeks ago I posted a piece about the need to develop a Welsh centric media in order to promote the Welsh Agenda. I think that this video, below, proves this point.
The video was posted by a colleague on Twitter:
It does indeed show that Carwyn Jones is completely sidelined. Indeed Alex Salmond has to engineer an opportunity for him to participate in the Press Conference.
But why is he sidelined?
Because there’s no Welsh media present there.
There’s obviously a Scottish and Northern Irish media presence there – it was a meeting in Edinburgh which goes to explain the Scottish presence.
But why no Welsh media presence?
Costs are certainly a factor. But not just the direct cost, but the added value that reporting of this would have brought to any Welsh based news agency. Welsh based news organisations had probably come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t have added any value to their out-put, and therefore decided against attending.
Shame. Carwyn Jones, as First Minister, should insist that a selection of reporters attend, and I would suggest that the Welsh Government should pay for the reporters costs in order to ensure that these important meetings get the attention they deserve, and not just a news agency cut-and-paste job.