Politics show takes first step towards ‘normalising Welsh’ on English language TV
A politics show has taken its first step towards “normalising the use of Welsh on English language television”.
The ITV Cymru Wales programme Sharp End broadcasted a bilingual report on the impact of the influx of tourists on Snowdonia.
Presenter Rob Osborne interviewed Howard Huws from language campaign group, Cylch yr Iaith, in the Welsh, and English language subtitles were included when it was broadcasted to viewers.
The campaigner argued that tourists snapping up properties in the areas was pricing out locals who were struggling to get on the housing ladder.
A little first on Sharp End last night.
A bilingual report.
Normalising the use of Welsh on English language television.
— Rob Osborne (@robosbornewales) September 28, 2021
Howard Huws said: “There’s a place for tourism of course in a healthy economy, but when you get to depending on it and when those tourists decide they want to move here to live and are able to pay more than locals for houses and decide that they don’t have to employ local people to do their business, that they can employ each other, people from their own country, then we have a problem.”
On the possibility of protests against tourists in the future, he said: “There’s a danger we will get that if local people continue to see that they’re not getting good jobs and can’t get a roof over their heads because the tourism market grows and grows there is a danger things will turn ugly. Hopefully not of course.”