The Western Mail have published details of Dragon’s Eye’s
replacement, the new programme will be made for the first time by an independent
production company and not by BBC Wales and it’s main presenter will be Huw Edwards
and its chief reporter will be David Williams former BBC Wales Editors and Dragon’s
In another departure the new programme will by on Sunday night at 10.20 after the news.
It probably wasn't the best scheduling with the Paralympics
closing ceremony over on Channel 4 last night, but for those who watched BBC Wales
Is Wales Working? it certainly brought a welcome focus to tackling the problems
of the Welsh economy as our politicians and assorted advisors make their way
back to work after the summer recess.
The programme was too heavily focused on South Wales and had
a few tired clichés, but overall former BBC Wales presenter and now BBC’s Berlin
correspondent Stephen Evans brought a sharper edge in his 50 minutes on the
subject than other journalists have managed in a while.
He managed to get more out of his well known and respected interviewees
about Welsh business and the economy than most, including Brian Morgan’s calls for a
better regional policy from the UK Government to spread the wealth and Gerald Holtham
calls for a specific focus on the needs of Wales and developing a Welsh economy
will hopefully give food for thought in the Welsh Assembly and local councils.
Stephen’s conclusions that a lot of Wales’ problems can be
over come from the people themselves and that we need more confidence in our
ability, each other and the opportunities that are out there will annoy many and are a bit simplistic, but
many more including those i talked to today found it refreshing that we are finally being told we Welsh are capable of turning things around and
decline and poverty doesn't have to be Wales only economic story.