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Welsh media's future under conference spotlight

A conference on the future of the Welsh media is being held in Cardiff this weekend.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Bob Franklin from Cardiff University, Tom O’Malley from Aberystwyth University and National Union of Journalists general secretary Jeremy Dear.

Admission is free and there will be a performance of ‘Embedded with the Bankers’ by the Banner Theatre Company.

The conference runs from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on Saturday at the Chapter Arts Complex, in Market Place.

Leicester City Council is considering whether to ban the use of social networking site Twitter in its council chamber.

The Leicester Mercury reports that Labour’s chief whip told a meeting that Twitter should not be “allowed or tolerated” in the chamber.

A council spokesman confirmed to the daily that the authority was considering the ban.

Business7 has undergone its first redesign since the publication launched in October 2007.

The Scottish weekly business newspaper has been overhauled with an updated colour scheme and design changes.

Among the differences are the masthead moving to the top of the front page, bylines boxed in blue with email addresses underneath and nib columns backgrounded.

The in-house design team of Insider magazine, owned by Trinity Mirror, has been working on the update since the turn of the year.

Huw Thomas, former reporter with Plymouth daily The Herald, is planning to cycle tandem 10,000 miles across the world with his wife Carolyn.

The couple will take in North America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe and give talks to communities along the way about the Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox.

The pair were picked from a shortlist of candidates by the public hoping to receive an award from British Airways. Their blog can be read here.

Newspaper Society president David Fordham paid a visit to Central Independent News and Media, in Tamworth.

The chief executive of Iliffe News and Media was in the Midlands to raise awareness of the NS’ Local Newspaper Week which runs from 10 to 16 May.

He is also striving to raise money from newspaper publishers for four charities including Macmillan Nurses and the Teenage Cancer Trust and the total sits at over £4,000.