Gareth Morlais leading a sessing at Storycamp. Photo by Ashroplad

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Gareth Morlais

Award-winning digital storyteller with a proven track record in website startups. Pioneering producer of thriving BBC Cymru Wales website, succesful manager of social action campaigns in two languages and specialist in Welsh-language digital media.

Key Skills / Profile

Career History

Welsh language, technology /digital media specialist, Welsh Government. 2013 - ...

Extending the accessibility of interactive media through the medium of Welsh. Motivating international companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, etc. to offer more in Welsh. Administering the Welsh Government's Technology and Digital Media in the Welsh language fund and grant. Specialising in social media and speaking at Mentrau Iaith Cymru, EduWiki2013, NPLD's 2014 Technology conference.

Executive producer, bbc.co.uk, Welsh language, Cardiff and Bangor. 2008-13

Using my creative leadership, communication skills and editorial judgement to lead a team producing Welsh pages for the BBC's world-class website. Planning and organizing to maximise business efficiency by commissioning and editing content and services for our diverse audiences.

BBC Digital Storytelling founder member of Capture Wales, Cipolwg ar Gymru. 2001-08

Helping people all over Wales to make their own short video - their digital story - based on their personal stories, using their own photos, voice and editing skill learned at the workshop.

Web Producer, BBC Cymru Wales, Cardiff. 1998 - 2001

Producing BBC websites such as Catchphrase (bbc.co.uk/catchphrase) for Welsh-language learners around the world and Movie Maker (BAFTA Cymru nomination) on the Pobol y Cwm website (bbc.co.uk/pobolycwm).

Producer, BBC Cymru Wales, Cardiff. 1996 - 98

In 1997 I taught myself HTML and coded and published the first ever bbc.co.uk websites for BBC Wales and BBC Cymru. I wrote and produced the BBC Radio Wales 1997 Sony Gold winning submission for Station of the Year. Consultancy for STV, Media Merchants (Art Attack). Weekly newspaper column for North Wales Independent Press.

Manager Program Development. TNL Radio, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 1994 - 95

Established and trained the staff of TNL Action - Sri Lanka's first broadcast social action project. TNL Radio was awarded NAB International Award for Broadcast Excellence in 97.

Manager Marcher Action. Coast FM, Colwyn Bay. 1993 - 94

I led the social action team that helped 3,089 callers, generated 960 bulletins and put out 705 interviews about local issues in the station's launch year. Coast FM is called Heart today.

TV presenter, Prospect Cymru Wales. 1993

To Mongolia's Altai Mountains to record S4C documentary about khoomïy chanting as half of a two-man crew.

Producer BBC Radio Cymru, Swansea. 1989 - 93

Mainly music-based youth programmes. I produced sessions by artistes like John Cale, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, and The Alarm. Also launched and produced 'Rave' for Radio 5. More about music...

Qualifications & Training

MA (Merit) Media Management at Leeds University (2001 - 04)

TEFL: RSA Cambridge Cert. (Grade A) in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Training the Trainers: BBC Management Training (now BBC Academy).

Other

Trustee of Ymddiried: The Welsh Broadcasting Trust - http://www.ydg.org.uk

Director of Breaking Barriers Community Arts - http://www.breakingbarriers.org.uk

I edit the Aberth Digital Storytelling Blog and two hyperlocal websites about Abergele and Colwyn Bay.

Fluent spoken and written Welsh.

Full driving license.

Honors & Awards

Awards won

BAFTA Cymru: 2002 BBC Capture Wales (Best New Media, not film or TV related; with Daniel Meadows and Karen Lewis) 2002

Innovation Network Award: BBC Capture Wales (with Cardiff University) 2006

Welsh Development Agency Focus on Interactive Best Innovation Award, Cardiff, Capture Wales/Cipolwg ar Gymru 2002


Nominations

BAFTA Cymru award nomination for Mabinogi Games website (with Preloaded) 2010

RTS Inovation Award, London, for BBC Digital Storytelling (nominated with Karen Lewis) 2009

Celtic Film Festival, Belfast, Best New Media: Capture Wales/Cipolwg ar Gymru 2003 nomination

BAFTA Cymru: Movie Maker game on the Pobol y Cwm website bbc.co.uk/pobolycwm (nominated with Kode) 2002

 

Contact

gareth AT einiog DOT com

@digitalst

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