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BBC Wales ( ) is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation for Walesmarker. Based at Broadcasting House in the Llandaffmarker area of Cardiffmarker, it directly employs over 1200 people, and produces a broad range of television, radio and online services in both the Welsh and English languages.

Outside Londonmarker, BBC Wales is the largest BBC production centre in the United Kingdommarker, partly due to its slate of Welsh language programmes. The BBC Wales television channel debuted on 1 February 1964 to much fanfare (short television promotions proclaimed: "Wales gets its very own TV service in 1964!"). However the BBC had been producing television programmes in Wales since the mid-1950s. The first TV production studios were established in a converted church (since demolished) in Broadway, Cardiff. The entrance was in Sapphire Street off Clifton Street. The first programmes were produced and transmitted live from in a tiny temporary studio - later to become part of the scenery-dock whilst two proper studios were created within the structure of the church. One was a medium-size drama and music studio and the other a discussion and news studio from which the daily Welsh language magazine "Heddiw" and the daily English Language news programme "BBC Wales Today" were produced from 1962 on. In this pre-videotape era film was played into programmes from a telecine machine in Bristol or London until telecine was actually installed in Broadway. Film processing for news was carried out by a firm called Park Pictures in Cardiff until BBC processing was installed in Stacey Road.

Prior to 1964 BBC Wales had had to share its television channel with the West of England as the Wenvoe transmitter near Cardiff also served viewers in the West of England. The 20 minute slot for tv news at six each evening was therefore split between "Wales Today" and the West of England news programme "Points West". The establishment of the BBC Wales dedicated channel in February 1964 (transmitted from a new mast built alongside the main transmitter mast at Wenvoe) enabled a full length "Wales Today" to be broadcast for the first time along with other Welsh and English-language programming for Wales.

Overview

BBC Cymru Wales building in Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.
BBC Cymru Wales produces television programming in English and Welsh both for the "opt out" sections of the BBC One and Two network feeds, and for the dedicated Welsh-language channel S4C. Perhaps its best-known Welsh-language programme is the soap opera Pobol y Cwm, which has run since 1974. BBC Wales also operates two radio stations: BBC Radio Wales in English and BBC Radio Cymru, which broadcasts in Welsh and is aimed at a younger audience. The national television news programme Wales Today is the world's longest running daily television news programme - and was confirmed as such by Director General Michael Checkland in a speech to Cardiff Business Club. The Welsh language news service Newyddion, produced by BBC Wales for S4C, combines international and UK news with the national news of Wales.

Another popular Wales-screened programme is the drama series Belonging, which as of 2009 has run for ten seasons since 1999. An English language programme, Belonging is produced in-house by the BBC Wales drama department and screened on BBC One during an "opt out" slot from the main UK network feed. As with other such "opt outs", however, it is available to viewers elsewhere in the UK via the digital satellite platform.

As well as providing these dedicated services for Wales, BBC Wales also provides programming for the BBC's UK networks. In recent years, its drama output has been particularly successful, including the 2005 revival of the classic science-fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood (2006). In addition, BBC Wales commissions other drama output for the BBC network from independent producers, such as Life on Mars (2006–07). The BBC National Orchestra of Wales was based at Broadcasting House in Cardiff, but moved to BBC Hoddinott Hall at the Wales Millennium Centremarker in January 2009, and performs regularly throughout Wales and internationally.

It was announced in March 2009 that the BBC will move the filming of shows such as Casualty and Crimewatch to studios in Cardiffmarker following an announcement stating they were going to concentrate on more programmes being made in Walesmarker, Scotlandmarker and Northern Irelandmarker, instead of most of them being made in Londonmarker.

Programming

Produced in-house by BBC Cymru Wales

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It was announced in March 2009 that the BBC will move the filming of shows such as Casualty and Crimewatch to studios in Cardiffmarker.

Commissioned from independent producers by BBC Cymru Wales

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