The Branch has more than 300 members representing journalists working at Media Wales (publishers of the Western Mail, the South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and the Celtic series of weekly papers), ITV Wales, the South Wales Argus in Newport, the Welsh language magazine Golwg and independent TV production companies. Our members also include freelance writers, photographers and public relations specialists working for a wide range of agencies and bodies in the public, private and third sectors and for political parties. BBC Wales has its own, separate branch.
The major issues affecting journalists in Wales have in recent years expanded beyond the traditional union preoccupation with pay and conditions. Our branch has been at the forefront in making representations about threats to the survival of both the newspaper and broadcasting sectors in Wales.
Our officials have appeared in front of committees of the National Assembly and before the Welsh Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons, arguing the case for more investment in quality journalism and exposing the damaging pursuit of inflated profits by media companies that has damaged their own products.
Branch members have attended the annual shareholders’ meeting of Trinity Mirror plc every year since 2009, holding the board to account with questions from the floor about their cuts strategy and distributing leaflets to shareholders.