Gwynedd Council demands protection of S4C funding

Published date: 16 December 2015 |
Published by: Mike Williams 
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GWYNEDD Council has demanded protection for S4C funding.

Council Leader Dyfed Edwards released a statement on Wednesday saying safeguarding funds for the only Welsh TV channel in the world is imperative.

His statement was backed by all members of Gwynedd Council and will now be sent to the UK Government.

Cllr Edwards said: “The channel is an integral part of the Welsh infrastructure, exactly as it was intended back in 1982 when the channel was first established.

“To us here in Gwynedd, where the majority of S4C viewers live, it offers so much more.

“It plays a significant part in our lively creative arts industry which feeds into S4C programming, many through the BBC.

“It is this context that the UK Tory Government needs to understand when making any budget decisions.”

The Government’s Autumn Statement revealed S4C’s grants will be cut from £6.7 million to £5 million by 2019.

A review of the BBC Royal Charter could also affect the Welsh channel, which receives 90 per cent of its income from the licence fee.

“The new BBC Charter needs to confirm that the percentage of the TV license which feeds into S4C is secured long term,” Cllr Edwards added.

“It is not acceptable that any more cuts are passed on to S4C, and certainly not to the percentage paid through the License fund.”

The channel was established in 1982 under the Broadcasting Act 1981 and has a statutory duty to provide wide-ranging Welsh language entertainment and news services throughout Wales and beyond.

Cllr Mandy Williams-Davies, who leads on the economy in Gwynedd, added: “There is a workforce behind S4C, an industry which works from within Gwynedd and other parts of Wales, giving many young people the opportunity of working here in Wales through the medium of Welsh.

“These are quality skilled jobs feeding into the economy.”

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