Mathias to quit BBC Wales post

The BBC in Wales is on the lookout for a new public affairs chief following the resignation of Glyn Mathias after just eight months in the job.

The BBC in Wales is on the lookout for a new public affairs chief

following the resignation of Glyn Mathias after just eight months in the

job.



Mathias served as BBC Wales political editor for five years before

transferring to the public affairs brief last October. In a career

spanning almost 30 years, he also worked as both a political

correspondent and the head of corporate affairs for ITN in London.



Mathias announced his intention to step down from the corporation this

week. Citing a wish to return to writing and broadcasting, he said he

would remain in the public affairs post for several months to ensure a

smooth transition for his successor, who has yet to be appointed.



Reporting to BBC Wales’ controller Menna Richards, Mathias was tasked

with linking the corporation with the devolved assembly in Wales. He is

credited within the BBC with ensuring a unanimous 50 to nil vote in

Cardiff for public service broadcasting to receive a more generous

allocation of public funds.



Mathias took the public affairs job when Geraint Talfan Davies was still

controller of BBC Wales. Richards took over in January, but by that

stage Mathias claims he had already decided to return to journalism.



It is understood that Mathias plans to move into documentary film-making

later in the year.



The public affairs post was only created last summer to work alongside

the new assembly. It is separate from the BBC’s press and publicity

function, which reports to the director of strategy and channel

management.



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