Posted by Lewis on the 26th October 2014
Rebecca Television began publishing in April 2010.
It is Britain’s first stand-alone investigative website combining both broadcast-quality “television” videos with conventional “print-style” investigations.
It takes its name from the Rebecca Riots, a series of agrarian disturbances in west Wales in the nineteenth century.
Poor farmers dressed up in woman’s clothing and destroyed the gates of the turnpike trusts which were driving them into poverty.
In the 1970s and early 1980s Rebecca took the form of “a radical magazine for Wales” and quickly gained a reputation as an investigative, campaigning title.
The magazine and its uncompromising Corruption Supplementdocumented the decay of Labour politics in south Wales and helped to bring about a long series of corruption trials which saw many politicians and businessmen go to prison.
Rebecca was also in the forefront of UK investigations into the relationship between the Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan and the Welsh multi-millionaire banker, Sir Julian Hodge.
Many Rebecca articles were reflected in coverage in newspapers like the Sunday Times and in television programmes including Man Alive, This Week and Nationwide.
The Investigations page details some of the investigations which the newRebecca Television website is engaged in.
Rebecca Television covers the whole of the UK but includes a built-in bias to issues concerning Wales.
It’s independent, does not accept advertising or sponsorship and depends on donations to cover its costs.
The Editor is the Irish-born journalist Paddy French.
He was a current affairs producer on the ITV Wales current affairs strandWales This Week for nearly ten years.
He left ITV in 2008 and now lives in France.