THE First Minister has voiced his concerns after several media groups revealed plans to cut jobs.

Mark Drakeford stressed that a democracy needs a 'strong media', not only to hold elected representatives to account, but to inform people about what their democratically-elected institutions are doing on their behalf.

"During the Coronavirus pandemic, the media in Wales have played a crucial role in doing just that," Mr Drakeford said.

“That’s why I am concerned several media groups have recently announced plans to cut jobs. Any further cuts to the media in Wales will be damaging to Welsh democracy.

"The Welsh Government urges those groups to rethink their plans."

A number of regional publishers are shedding jobs after revenues were hit by the coronavirus pandemic.