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As a result of a recent decision made by a small number of people on Student Senate, who have no involvement in Cardiff Student Media, we have been put in an untenable position.

During the period of leave in the lead up to the resignation of the elected VP for Media and Marketing on the 21st of October 2014, and in the period since, Student Media has been run entirely by its Head of Print (Michael O’Connell-Davidson) and Head of Broadcasting (Josh Edwards) alongside section heads for Xpress (Bethan Lyons), CUTV (Will Francis) and Quench (Sum Sze Tam) and their respective executive committees. While this period of uncertainty was challenging, we were able to make a great success of this way of working and are achieving great things already.

We welcomed the support of the elected officer team in their Student Senate proposal to leave the role of VP Media & Marketing vacant for the remainder of this academic year, recognising that this stood to cause significant disruption to the progress made by Student Media volunteers (the majority of whom pay a membership fee) should we be forced to undergo a total change of management at this point. Furthermore the constraints on interruption of study (with the financial and time implications involved) mean that it is unlikely that a capable candidate from within student media would be able to run in a by-election to fill the role.

Despite the support of Student Media members, the Elected Officer team’s motion did not pass through student senate due to speculation and misinformation that we were not invited to address by way of representation at the meeting. As a result of this unhappy combination of factors the motion fell by a 15 – 9 vote margin. This has triggered a by-election that nobody within student media consents to. The feeling is such that the entire Gair Rhydd Editor team has resolved to resign, following a unanimous vote earlier this week, should someone else be parachuted into the position. Furthermore all four platforms will be ceasing activities from 1am on Sunday 16th of November until an agreeable resolution can be made. A letter has been drafted to the board of trustees containing the signatures of 62 student media executive committee members requesting that they review this decision.

Here is your chance to show your support as a CSM member, alumnus, or consumer. Please sign this E-petition to make your voice heard in looking out for our dedicated volunteers.

We appreciate your support,

Cardiff Student Media.

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