WAG Review of the Creative Industries published.
4th April 2010
In July 2009, the Communities and Culture Committee called for an independent review of the Welsh Assembly Government’s activities in the field of the creative industries. The Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Heritage jointly commissioned Professor Ian Hargreaves to undertake a review of creative industries in Wales.
Key recommendations of the Hargreaves Review include:
•The Creative IP Fund should be replaced by a broader Creative Industries Fund. This new Fund should be accessible to all digital media industries: film; television; music; and interactive media.
•Establishment of a Digital Wales Board, run by a Director for Digital Wales and chaired by a suitably experienced person from outside Government, to provide the over-arching framework.
•The creation of a new Creative Industries Strategic Hub, led by a Head of Creative Industries and supported by a Creative Industries Board, also chaired by an external appointee with expertise in the sector and joined by a small number of additional external members.
•The Creative Industries Strategic Hub should recommend a re-organisation of Wales’ support for the film industry designed to eliminate duplication and maximise economic impact and efficiency.
•The Assembly Government should map the whole creative industries sector.
•The Assembly Government should require S4C, the BBC and Channel 4 to deliver an annual audit of their economic impact on Wales and an assessment of economic issues looking at least one year ahead.
•The Assembly Government should do everything that it can to help deliver the BBC’s Media Capital project, using this to provide a new core for a creative industries cluster in South East Wales.
•The Assembly Government should use its influence to ensure that the news consortium pilot planned for Wales goes ahead as currently planned.
•The Assembly Government should ensure that all other UK public service broadcasters, including Channel 4, define and fully discharge their responsibilities towards Wales.
•The Assembly Government should invite the Welsh Music Foundation to cost a feasibility study for a Welsh performing rights royalties system.
•The Chief Executive of the Arts Council for Wales should join the CreativeIndustries Strategy Board, to achieve cohesion on areas of common interest between creative industries and the arts in terms of business support, education and training.
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