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Media group chief to help shape Wales' creative industries.

EXECUTIVE chairman of media group Tinopolis, Ron Jones, has been appointed chair of a private sector panel which will help shape the Welsh Assembly Government's support to the creative industries sector.

In a new approach WAG is to focus its business support around six sectors, which as well as creative industries also include ICT and advanced manufacturing.

As chair of the Economic Renewal Industries Panel, Mr Jones and his colleagues will advise ministers on the opportunities and needs of the sector.

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said: "Ron's understanding and experience of the creative industries is highly impressive and I'm delighted that he will chair this newly created panel.

"As chair he will play an influential role in the new economic development plan for Wales and I'm confident that Ron's leadership of the panel will help shape the way forward for the creative industries by highlighting both opportunities and needs for the sector."

The panel will have its first meeting on October 18th.

The other panel members are: Jaynie Bye, managing director of BBC Youth and Children's Magazines; Gwyn Roberts, director of Cardiffbased digital media company Cube Interactive; former chief executive of Sanctuary Music Productions, Dai Davies, and managing director of the GreenMan Festival Fiona Stewart.

Mr Jones will be entitled to receive a remuneration of pounds 337 for one day's work, with an expected time commitment of one day a month. Members will receive a remuneration of pounds 282 a day.

Mr Jones said: "I am delighted that WAG has chosen to make the creative sector one of its key sectors for economic development.

"At their best our creative industries in Wales are a partnership between our cultural life and business that can deliver cultural and economic benefits and Wales has many companies, institutions and people of talent.

"We look forward to working with WAG to provide the sector with the supportive environment it needs if it is to realise its potential."

Mr Jones will also sit on the Digital Wales Advisory Board, the membership of which will be announced shortly.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 13, 2010
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