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
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