S4C review and future funding examined
27 January 2017
The Welsh Affairs Committee holds a one-off session with S4C Chair and Chief Executive to discuss the Channel's proposed review and its future funding arrangements.
- Watch Parliament TV: Broadcasting in Wales follow-up: S4C funding
- Inquiry: Broadcasting in Wales follow-up: S4C funding
- Welsh Affairs Committee
Monday 30 January, Wilson Room, Portcullis House
- Huw Jones, Chair, S4C Authority
- Ian Jones, Chief Executive, S4C
Ahead of the session, Committee Chair David TC Davies commented:
"S4C faces another period of uncertainty following the review's delay. We hope to establish whether there has been any constructive consultation between the Government and S4C ahead of the proposed review. It is essential that any future funding streams are made clear, to ensure the Channel can continue to make long term financial and editorial plans, and operate effectively to serve Welsh-speaking audiences in Wales and elsewhere."
In 2015, the Government announced a 25% reduction to S4C's grant. This was subsequently frozen for the duration of a proposed review. Yet details of the review's timetable, terms of reference or Chairperson are yet to been announced. Given this delay, it remains unclear if the Channel faces another reduction in the Government's grant over the coming year.