The BBC are set to invest £8.5 Million into Wales and its television production in the next year.

The network will invest the money into producing more English language programmes created by the Welsh division of the company. It will be a 50% increase and it will go towards creating new drama and entertainment.

Speaking to BBC News, director Tony Hall said: “BBC Wales has a remarkable creative track record and I know they’ll seize this new opportunity with real relish.”

“In areas such as drama, comedy and entertainment, we expect to more than double investment. In news and current affairs, it will help us move faster online and reach out to younger audiences, and provide greater specialist reporting across our output.

“It’s so important that the BBC captures the real diversity of life and experience in Wales, and this investment is a real statement of intent about our ambition to serve all audiences in Wales.”

The funding increase will help create two “major dramas” with the details being announced coming soon. It will help improve news services and will increase BBC Wales’ specialist programmes. It is expected to generate over 130 hours of additional programming to be broadcast on BBC One Wales, BBC Two Wales and BBC iPlayer.

The director for BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies said to BBC News: “This new investment is tremendously welcome. Wales is blessed with superb storytellers, and this investment will give them a fitting national stage.”By the time we move to our new home in Central Square in less than three years’ time, I believe the difference on screen will be clear to audiences the length and breadth of our nation.”

“The new investment package will also allow us to attract greater co-production investment, using the collaborative models we’ve developed with S4C and others to fund series like Hinterland.”

BBC Wales are the division behind programmes such as Doctor Who, Sherlock and Casualty.

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