The Welsh language society, Cymdeithas yr Iaith, have asked for the editor of Newsnight to be sacked after a “factually incorrect” response to complaints about a programme about the Welsh language.
North Wales Police Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones had complained about the decision not to include a Welsh speaker in the programme aired earlier this month.
Newsnight editor Ian Katz responded by saying that Cymdeithas yr Iaith were “unable or unwilling to participate”.
Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith, Heledd Gwyndaf, disputed the claim, saying that she had agreed to the interview and offered to go to the BBC’s studio at the National Eisteddfod or in Bangor.
Ian Katz’s letter also defended the programme saying that “the question of whether the public promotion of the Welsh language is effective and beneficial to Wales is a perfectly legitimate subject for debate”.
But he also said that “the wording of our introduction” – which asked whether Welsh was a help or hindrance to the nation – “was cruder that is should have been”.
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Newsnight Editor’s response to my letter.
11:09 PM – Aug 22, 2017