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THE BBC has been plagued by scandal over the last couple of years.

Huge salaries, massive pay-offs, the Savile affair and the disastrous Newsnight accusation that Lord McAlpine was a paedophile have beset the Corporation.

But there have also been problems in the regions.

In Wales questions have been raised about patronage and nepotism.

The current director, Rhodri Talfan Davies, comes from a powerful media family in Wales.

RHODRI TALFAN DAVIES THE CURRENT director of BBC Wales

RHODRI TALFAN DAVIES
THE CURRENT director of BBC Wales — appointed without any experience of programme-making in Wales — is a member of a powerful media dynasty.   Photo: BBC Wales

His appointment in 2011 is shrouded in mystery.

He was one of the candidates in the first round of interviews in February.

The interviewing panel, which included then Deputy Director General Mark Byford, decided not to appoint.

Four months later, Director General Mark Thompson, announced that the new Director Wales would be … Rhodri Talfan Davies.

Davies was just 40.

He’d never made a television programme in Wales.

And he lived in England.

His father is Geraint Talfan Davies who occupied the post from 1990 to 2000.

Geraint Talfan Davies was succeeded by family friend Menna Richards who held the post until 2011.

She had promoted Rhodri Talfan Davies to the key post of Head of Strategy  in 2009.

These issues are explored in the articles The Son Of The Man From Uncle and In The Name Of The Father? published on the Rebecca Television website.

This investigation is on-going.

BBC Wales has made it clear it will not be answering any further questions on the subject —

“we will not be commenting in future other than in truly exceptional circumstances”, a spokesman said.

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