LLANELLI has been in the New York news recently. The world famous newspaper, The New York Times has been sniffing around Carmarthenshire’s largest town in search of news.
Their first port of call was your very own Llanelli Online.
Claire Moses is an editor based in London. Before joining The New York Times in 2017, she worked at BuzzFeed News and other news outlets. She is originally from the Netherlands.
Claire called to ask about the situation for the media in Wales in the eye of the storm we know as COVID-19.
The article focussed on how Britain’s Local Newspapers are struggling.
Heavily dependent on advertising and circulation, local and regional newspapers in the U.K. could face financial ruin as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Llanelli Online is no different as it struggles to keep afloat.
Hold the Front Page also covered the crisis facing local news outlets. Matt Abbott of the ICNN wrote a piece about the lack of help from government especially around supporting local news outlets with advertising.
Some readers may be aware that the Prince Philip Hospital opened on 15th May 1990 and this weekend saw the hospital celebrating its 30th birthday.
Radio BGM was named after the site Bryngwyn Mawr and it has been part of the hospital since day 1.
Chairman of BGM Dave Hurford has seen and heard a lot of news during that time.
Dave was surprised to get a call from the New York Times this month.
Alex Marshall is a European culture reporter for The New York Times, based in London. He asked Dave about the interaction between the radio and patients and staff.
Dave said: “I explained how the service operated and what happened at the radio station. How we managed to keep afloat and how we had to move out during the Coronavirus crisis.”
Dave is now operating the service from home.
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