Williams takes BBC Wales role

The director of Assembly Communication Services at the Welsh Assembly, Manon Williams, is leaving to join the BBC.

The director of Assembly Communication Services at the Welsh

Assembly, Manon Williams, is leaving to join the BBC.



Williams has been appointed to the newly-created head of public affairs

role at BBC Wales’ HQ in Cardiff. She takes up the post in

September.



She is currently head of communications at the National Assembly of

Wales, a position she took 18 months ago. Her replacement there has yet

to be announced.



The post at BBC Wales has been created following the recent departure of

public affairs manager, Glyn Mathias, who spent only eight months in the

role (PR Week, 12 May).



Williams will be responsible for liaising with political parties and the

National Assembly. She will also oversee regulatory policies and

accountability issues for BBC Wales, and joins as the media faces a

shake-up by the Communications Act.



’The issues of cross-media ownership, deregulation, and implementation

of digital and on-line technology are all areas to be examined,’ she

said.



She reports to BBC Wales controller, Menna Richards, who oversaw recent

management restructuring.



’Williams’ breadth of knowledge and experience will be a great asset in

communicating BBC policy and accountability issues in the challenging

years ahead,’ said Richards. Williams will also report to the BBC

national governor for Wales, and the country’s broadcasting council.



Cardiff-born Williams is a former assistant private secretary to the

Prince of Wales and was head of PR at S4C.



’I am reserving judgment on my role until I have spoken with key

players.



But I am looking forward to the challenges ahead,’ she said.



and continuing my association with National Assembly members and

officials, and forging working relationships with the Broadcasting

Council,’ she said.



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