Media in Cardiff

Media in Cardiff

As the capital of Wales, media in Cardiff plays a large role in the city and nationwide. Cardiff is the largest media sector in the United Kingdom outside of London and it is produced mainly in English and Welsh.[1] Employment in the sector has grown significantly in recent years, and currently provides employment for 2.1% of the city's workforce - higher than the level across Wales (1.1%) and marginally lower than that across Great Britain as a whole (2.2%).[1]



6 Park Street, offices of the South Wales Echo and Western Mail

Cardiff's daily tabloid newspaper is the South Wales Echo, founded in 1884 and formerly based in Thomson House, now in 6 Park Street in the city centre. There are two daily editions - News Extra in the morning and City Final edition. The Weekend Edition is published on Saturday. Roughly 50,000 copies are sold daily.[2] The national newspapers, the Western Mail and Wales on Sunday, are also based in Thomson House as all are owned by Trinity Mirror. The Western Mail has a daily circulation of about 40,000.[3]

The Cardiff edition of Metro is available daily on public transport in the city and around South Wales.[4] Both the South Wales Echo and Metro publish daily information for the city such as the weather and entertainment listings.

The Times Educational Supplement Cymru is based in the city, but the paper itself is printed in England.

Gair rhydd is the award winning weekly tabloid published by the students of Cardiff University and is available free in the Cardiff University Students' Union.[5]

Cardiff County Council publishes the monthly Capital Times, and the Echo Extra is delivered free to homes. The Welsh language newspaper Y Dinesydd (or Papur Bro) is published monthly for the city. Additionally, all British daily newspapers are widely available in the city.[6][7]

Magazines based in the capital include Jazz UK, Buzz magazine and Primary Times


All of Wales' national broadcasters are based in Cardiff. BBC Wales has its headquarters in Broadcasting House Cardiff, Llandaff, ITV Wales has its studios in Culverhouse Cross and S4C has its headquarters in Llanishen.

Between 2002 and 2009 Capital TV served the city, a locally-based free-to-air analogue terrestrial television station operating on a Restricted Service Licence.[8][9] It broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on UHF channel 49. The signal has been independently verified to reach approximately 220,000 viewers across the city. It broadcast local news, local features and documentaries, movies, local band performances, productions made by local media colleges and programming made by young people under educational training at Media4Group - the majority shareholder.[10]

Capital TV Cardiff was initially developed by the Cardiff-based production company Merlin Broadcast Ltd and won the contest for the Cardiff licence in 1998. It was allocated the lowest transmitter power and the lowest antenna height of any local station in the UK. Worse still, because of frequency clashes with an ITV relay mast, Capital TV was not allowed to broadcast a full service until 2005 - by which time digital terrestrial television had become commonplace. Unlike the BBC, ITV and S4C; Capital TV received no public funding. The company decided to relinquish its analogue Local TV broadcasting licence in 2009 as this was due to expire in October that year as part of the switchover to digital.

The city also has its own Ofcom-licensed local digital television spectrum, owned by Cube Interactive.[11]


The Red Dragon Centre contains the studios of Capital FM and Gold

The national radio broadcaster, BBC Cymru Wales, broadcasts BBC Radio Wales (103.9 MHz) and Radio Cymru (96.8 MHz) on various frequencies across Wales from Broadcasting House Cardiff. Real Radio (105.4 MHz), broadcasts across Wales from Morganstown in north-west Cardiff.

Cardiff's principal commercial radio stations are Capital FM South Wales (103.2 MHz) and Gold (radio) (1359 kHz AM); both are based in the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay and play contemporary music.

Radio Cardiff (98.7 MHz) is based in the Butetown area and plays music of black origin. Radio Glamorgan is based in Heath and broadcasts across the University Hospital of Wales.[12] [13]

Xpress Radio is broadcast from Cardiff University Students' Union. Tequila Radio broadcasts from the University of Glamorgan's ATRiuM Campus[14][15]

Other institutions

The Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is based at Cardiff University.[16] The Atrium building houses most of the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries faculty (CCI for short) of the University of Glamorgan.

Use in media

Roald Dahl Plass, outside the Millennium Centre, acts as the exterior of the hub in the series Torchwood

Cardiff is the filming location and/or setting for many mainstream television programmes such as Torchwood, Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, Merlin (TV series), Gavin and Stacey, Caerdydd and Pobl y Cwm, and for films such as Human Traffic, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain and 28 Weeks Later.[17][18][19][20]. It is also referenced in Mars Attacks![21]

It was announced on 15 October 2008 that the BBC is to move the filming shows such as Casualty and Crimewatch to studios in Cardiff.[22] and confirmed on 27 March 2009 that filming will be begin in 2011.[23]

In 2010, Cardiff was used for filming of a contemporary update of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, and for a remake of Upstairs, Downstairs.

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Film, TV and Multimedia Sector in Cardiff" (PDF). Economic Development Division, Cardiff County Council. 2003-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  2. ^ ""Wikipedia - South Wales Echo"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ ""Wikipedia - Western Mail"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  4. ^ ""Metro - Britain's first urban national newspaper"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  5. ^ ""About Gair Rhydd"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  6. ^ ""Capital Times"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  7. ^ ""Y Dinesydd"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Television in Wales". Independent Television Commission. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Television Broadcast Licensing Update March 2009". Ofcom. Retrieved 2009-12-31. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Inquiry into Public Service Broadcasting". Welsh Assembly Government. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  11. ^ ""Ofcom awards spectrum license to Cube Interactive"". Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  12. ^ ""Radio Cardiff"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  13. ^ ""Radio Glamorgan"". Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  14. ^ ""Xpress Radio"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  15. ^ ""Tequila Radio - About"". Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  16. ^ ""Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  17. ^ Rifkind, Hugo (2008-04-22). ""Times - Why Wales is suddenly cool"". The Times (London). Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  18. ^ ""BBC - Golden prize for Human Traffic"". BBC News. 1999-10-04. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  19. ^ ""Wikipedia - The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain"". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  20. ^ ""This is London - 28 Weeks Later"".,+four+years+after+28+days+later/ Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  21. ^ "Mars Attacks Script - Dialogue Transcript". Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  22. ^ "BBC evicts top shows from London". BBC News. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  23. ^

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