The Week That Was #331

1. Our latest documentary says cheers to the community on BBC Radio Wales

With a pub closing every 12 hours in the UK, it’s been a tough couple of years for this treasured institution. But a resistance movement is sweeping through Wales as groups of devoted community members are joining forces to stop their locals from closure and demolition.

Our latest BBC Radio Wales doc aired last night and examines the rise of community pubs in Wales and is hosted by comedian and writer Esyllt Sears.  Listen in on BBC Sounds and discover it takes a village to save a pub, but it’s these pubs that might just save a village.

2. National coverage for new BBC Sounds podcast which tells Sala story like never before

Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala was on the verge of realising his dream of playing in the Premier League back in January 2019, after accepting a move to Cardiff City from French club Nantes. But the striker’s journey aboard a Piper PA-46 plane from France to meet his new teammates South Wales ended in tragedy when it crashed into the English Channel, resulting in Sala’s death and the disappearance of its pilot David Ibbotson.

A new 9-part podcast from BBC Wales charting the story surrounding the crash is now available from BBC Sounds, and we’ve been busy helping get the word out by landing news stories, previews, and reviews in news outlets across the UK including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, WalesOnline, and Nation.Cymru.  

Listen to the first two episodes here.

3. Welsh families tell the BBC why it’s important to Get Talking!

Learning how to communicate is one of the most important skills we ever acquire. This week, on behalf of the Welsh Government’s Talk With Me campaign, we introduced the BBC to families and speech development experts who explained how simple activities can have huge benefits for a child’s development.   

As part of our work with the campaign – which provides speech, language, and communication (SLC) advice for children aged 0-5 – this summer has already seen us developed and launched the Get Talking Summer Challenge to help children build their vocabulary, confidence, and ability to express themselves.

If you didn’t catch this week’s coverage with the BBC Wales Today, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, or S4C, you can catch up on BBC Online and iPlayer.  

4. Kicking off Cymru’s top league for the FAW with club guide

It’s a big year for Welsh football. But with the World Cup on the horizon, why not check out a local game? With the 30th anniversary of the JD Cymru Premier kicking off this weekend, we continued our partnership with the Football Association of Wales, this time drumming up previewing the new season for Nation.Cymru. We worked with fans, volunteers, players, managers, and chairmen to amplify their voices and find out what they love about Welsh domestic football and thoughts on the season ahead. You can read the full feature here ahead of tonight’s season opener. You can find other examples of our work for the FAW here and here.

5. Oakwood’s After Dark events make a comeback

After three years, Oakwood Theme Park’s popular After Dark events – which feature live music, late night riding, fireworks and a paint party – have made a comeback. To announce their return, we put together a press release on the events, gaining coverage in titles including Wales Online, the Western Telegraph and Interpark. Our film team also developed a film to for Oakwood’s social which you can view here.