List of Welsh-language media

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This article lists and provides a summary of the content of some of those broadcast, print, and other media currently being produced in the Welsh language.


Current channels[edit]

S4C broadcasts exclusively in Welsh and has an annual budget of approximately £100 million. BBC Wales and HTV carried some Welsh programmes prior to S4C's formation in 1982 and still produce programmes for the commissioning broadcaster, alongside independent production companies. The station has 3% of the audience share in Wales, which is similar to that of TG4 of Ireland. Up until the digital switchover in March 2010, a bilingual analogue service was broadcast consisting of S4C and Channel 4 programming.

Other television services[edit]

S4C's Clic service (the Welsh counterpart of the BBC iPlayer) allows viewers to watch its programmes again - programmes are also available to watch via iPlayer.

The BBC offers Welsh-language commentary on a number of sporting events on BBC One Wales and BBC Two Wales using the red button feature on digital TV. Sky Sports also previously offered a similar service for Wales international football matches.

ITV Local offered Welsh-medium programmes produced by ITV Wales including Y Ddau Ffranc featuring Rhys Ifans and the current affairs programmes Y Byd ar Bedwar and Hacio. Following the demise of ITV Local, the website was relaunched as Y Dydd, but closed shortly afterwards.


Radio stations entirely in Welsh[edit]

  • BBC Radio Cymru broadcasts a range of news, current affairs, cultural, music and sports programming through the medium of Welsh for 18.5 hours a day. It is similar in size and operation to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. The station simulcasts English-language output from BBC Radio 5 Live during overnight hours after closedown.
  • Cymru FM, an online community station broadcasting exclusively in Welsh.[1]
  • Radio Beca produces occasional online Welsh programming – the station was initially due to broadcast on FM full-time in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire[2] but lost its community radio licence in June 2015.[3]

Bilingual radio stations[edit]

  • Capital Cymru broadcasts across Gwynedd and Anglesey with Welsh language programming from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 4 pm at weekends. Welsh language music features on the station's playlist 24 hours a day.
  • Môn FM, a community radio station serving Anglesey and north Gwynedd, broadcasts around 90 hours a week of Welsh, English and bilingual programming.

Radio stations with daily programmes in Welsh[edit]

  • Greatest Hits Radio South Wales airs a Welsh language late show on Sunday - Friday nights along with bilingual news bulletins on weeknights.
  • Capital North West and Wales operates an opt-out service for the North Wales Coast on 96.3 FM, carrying an hour-long Welsh language programme each weekday.
  • GTFM, a community radio station in Pontypridd, airs Welsh-medium programmes on Tuesday and Sunday evenings and Saturday mornings with a daily news bulletin in Welsh from BBC Radio Cymru.

Radio stations with weekly programmes in Welsh[edit]

  • BRfm, a community radio station in Brynmawr, broadcasts an hour-long Welsh programme on Monday afternoons.
  • Radio Carmarthenshire and Radio Pembrokeshire broadcast a joint hour-long Welsh programme on Sunday nights.
  • Radio Tircoed, a community radio station in the Swansea Valley, broadcasts a Welsh programme on Monday evenings.
  • Sound Radio, a community radio station in the Vale of Clwyd, broadcasts a Welsh language music show on Monday evenings.
  • Storm FM, the student radio station for Bangor University, broadcasts weekly news, music and entertainment programmes in Welsh.

Printed media[edit]

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

  • Y Cymro – a weekly newspaper (closed in 2017)
  • Golwg – a weekly news and current affairs magazine.
  • Barn – a monthly current affairs magazine
  • Y Faner Newydd – an independent magazine focusing on such topics as broadcasting, literature, history, art, science, and current affairs

Plans for a daily Welsh-language newspaper, Y Byd, were abandoned owing to insufficient funding.

Daily newspapers with Welsh-medium content[edit]

  • Western Mail, National newspaper with regular Welsh-medium columns
  • Daily Post, North Wales newspaper with regular Welsh-medium columns and weekly pull-out section.

Weekly newspapers with Welsh-medium content[edit]

  • Tivy Side in south Ceredigion
  • Cambrian News various editions along west coast
  • Carmarthen Journal covering most of Carmarthenshire
  • South Wales Guardian has a weekly two-page spread in Welsh covering the Amman, Gwendraeth and Tywi Valleys.
  • The Pembrokeshire Herald has a weekly two-page spread of Welsh language news, mainly on Welsh current affairs.

Weekly Welsh-medium local newspapers[edit]

  • Y Cyfnod – covering the Bala area
  • Y Dydd – covering the Dolgellau area

Monthly Welsh-medium community newsletters[edit]

(Known as papurau bro in Welsh)

Specialist publications[edit]

  • Addysgydd, a monthly Welsh children's periodical published during 1823
  • Barddas – bimonthly publication on poetry
  • Bore DaUrdd Gobaith Cymru magazine for primary school Welsh learners
  • Cadwyn – magazine for Welsh learners
  • Y Casglwr – for bibliophiles.
  • Cip – for Welsh-speakers of primary school age
  • Cristion – publication on Christian faith
  • Cyfrwng – Media Wales Journal
  • Y Cylchgrawn Efengylaidd – evangelical magazine
  • Lol – satirical magazine published annually on Eisteddfod week
  • Yr Enfys – journal of Undeb Cymru a’r Byd (Wales International Union)
  • Fferm a Thyddyn – on agricultural history
  • Gair y Dydd – daily devotional reading published four times a year
  • Y Gwyliedydd -bimonthly magazine by the Welsh Wesleyan Methodists
  • Iaw! – bimonthly for Welsh learners by Urdd Gobaith Cymru
  • Lingo Newydd – bimonthly for Welsh learners
  • Llafar Gwlad – a magazine on country life, customs and folklore
  • Y Llan – Church in Wales journal
  • Llên Cymru academic journal by the University of Wales Press
  • Y Naturiaethwr – a magazine on the natural world
  • Y Papur Gwyrdd – ecological magazine
  • Y Selar, quarterly magazine on the Welsh language music scene
  • Y Tafod, bimonthly Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg magazine
  • Taliesin – literary magazine [link refers to article on the early poet with this name]
  • Y Traethodydd – Wales' oldest magazine (est. 1845)
  • Tu Chwith – art magazine aimed at a younger demographic
  • Y Wawr – publication of Merched y Wawr (Welsh equivalent of WI)
  • Wcw a'i Ffrindiau – aimed at children


A considerable number of websites are now available in Welsh or bilingually. Notable examples include:

Popular internet sites such as Google, Facebook and Wikipedia (known as Wicipedia in Welsh) are also available in Welsh. Most Welsh public bodies and a number of private sector companies in Wales have bilingual websites.

Computer games[edit]

There is a growing demand in Welsh medium computer games, here are a few listed;

  • Shooty fruity[4]
  • Marvin[4]
  • Anifaeliad[4]
  • Alto's Adventure[5]
  • Master reboot[6]
  • Talesinger: Voice of the Dragon[7]

On 21 Apr 2016, Pro Evolution Soccer released the first ever Welsh language video games cover, released for Euro 2016; PES 2016, although not sold in shops, they are available to download for free for you to replace the default English cover[8]

Mobile phone technology[edit]

In August 2009, the mobile phone maker Samsung (with provider Orange) unveiled a new Welsh language mobile phone to be available from September 2009, which would include Welsh language predictive text and menus.[9] [10][11]

In June 2016 RWG Mobile launched the first Welsh based, bilingual (Welsh/English) mobile phone service for people who lives in Wales,[12] in July 2016 the company promoted their service at the Royal Welsh Show.[13]


Microsoft software such as Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Microsoft Office are available with Welsh language interfaces. There is also a Welsh spell check facility available on most Microsoft Office programmes.

Free software available in Welsh include, Mozilla Firefox, To Bach[14] and uTorrent.

Bangor University has developed Cysgliad, a software pack containing Cysill, a Welsh spelling and grammar checker, and Cysgair, a Welsh-English dictionary.


A number of publishing companies exist that publish mainly through the medium of Welsh including:

  • Gomer Press based in Llandysul, Ceredigion.
  • Y Lolfa based in Talybont, Ceredigion.
  • Gwasg Carreg Gwalch based in Llanrwst, Conwy
  • Gwasg Cyhoeddiadau Modern Cymreig} based in Allerton, Liverpool.
  • Gwasg Gwynedd based in Caernarfon, Gwynedd.
  • Gwasg y Dref Wen based in Cardiff.

Record labels[edit]

A number of record labels release Welsh language music including:

  • Anhrefn Records, based in Llanfair Caereinion, was active in releasing underground Welsh language music from 1983 to 1990.
  • Ankst, an underground label at its most productive in the late 1980s and 90s.
  • Copa, a sub-label – more youth orientated – of Sain.
  • Docrad, based in Cardiff.
  • Fflach, based in Cardigan, Ceredigion.
  • Gwynfryn Cymunedol, based in Caernarfon, Gwynedd.
  • Placid Casual, a Cardiff-based label owned by the Super Furry Animals.
  • Rasp, a sub-label of Fflach.
  • Sain, based in Llandwrog, Gwynedd – the largest Welsh-medium record company.
  • Slacyr based in Garndolbenmaen.

A number of bands also release material on their own labels such as Frizbee's Recordiau Cosh and Bryn Fôn's laBelaBel.


Some Welsh-medium films have had success overseas, most notably Hedd Wyn and Solomon a Gaenor, both nominated for Oscars in the 1990s.

DVD and video releases[edit]

A limited number of Welsh-medium videos and DVDs are sold, especially children's TV programmes such as Sali Mali, Tecwyn y Tractor, and a Welsh version of Bob the Builder (Bob y Bildar). Other popular DVDs include the comedy C'mon Midffîld!, with a series of ten DVDs being released, and the 1980s children's TV programme Syr Wynff a Plwmsan, which achieved cult status.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Cymru FM". Cymru FM. 2014.
  2. ^ "New radio station wins licence". 19 April 2012 – via
  3. ^ Ofcom revokes Radio Beca community licence,, 2 June 2015
  4. ^ a b c "Games - Stoptap".
  5. ^ Snowman. "Alto's Adventure".
  6. ^ "Wales Interactive Video Games Developer & Publisher". Wales Interactive Video Games Developer & Publisher.
  7. ^ "Quantum Soup".
  8. ^ Skrebels, Joe (21 April 2016). "PES 2016 Introduces the First Welsh Language Video Game Box Art".
  9. ^ BBC News Cymru | Wales – Mobile phone for Welsh-speakers
  10. ^ WalesOnline – Samsung/Orange launch Welsh language mobile phone
  11. ^ BBC News Cymru | Wales – Welsh language mobile launched
  12. ^ "Why Doesn't Wales Have A Mobile Network? - RWG Mobile". 23 June 2016.
  13. ^ Bramwell, Tom (18 July 2016). "Wales' first mobile network launches at the Royal Welsh Show".
  14. ^ University, Bangor. "Welsh on the Computer :: To Bach Application".