The Royal Television Society in Wales has announced Edward Russell as its new Chair.
He takes over from Judith Winnan who has stepped down from the role after three successful years.
Edward, who has been a member of the RTS Cymru Wales committee since 2018, was confirmed as Chair at the recent RTS Wales Centre’s annual general meeting*. He will lead the committee in its role of promoting the charity and its activities in Wales.
With 20 years’ of experience in the UK television industry, Edward is currently a lecturer in Television Marketing. He is also a producer for Tiny Rebel Games where he is part of the team working alongside Aardman in the creation of a new interactive adventure for animation favourite Wallace & Gromit.
He began his TV career at the BBC’s Fiction Lab unit as an Online producer for Top of the Pops. He later joined BBC Cymru Wales as brand manager for Doctor Who, overseeing marketing and publicity and also the commercial side of the brand.
On his appointment, Edward said:
“I’m honoured to be taking over from Judith Winnan, whose many achievements as Chair included our first highly-successful industry Awards in February. I very much hope I can maintain the high standards she has set for the Centre.”
Edward becomes Wales Chair as the TV industry faces a period of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty.
“These unsettling times are offering challenges for every organisation, not least at RTS Cymru Wales, where we have prided ourselves in running high profile, popular and important events in Wales”
“At a point where everyone is recognising the importance of television as a powerful tool to keep us entertained and informed, we want to give thought as to how we can use new technologies to remain connected.
“That could be in the form of online events, such as masterclasses, interviews or virtual pub quizzes. We also want to make sure that we’re offering support to colleagues in the industry who might be facing particular challenges during this incredibly difficult period.”
The RTS Cymru Wales committee is made up of a diverse group of TV professionals with complementary and wide-ranging skills and experience. They work on a voluntary basis.
For details of RTS Cymru Wales' committee members, click here.
Note to Editors
From awards ceremonies to lively debates, the RTS is an educational charity that embraces all aspects of television and is open to anyone with an interest in the medium. It has 15 national/regional centres around the UK. Membership starts at £65 a year and includes a range of benefits.
* Convened via Zoom.