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S4C say they still don’t know how much money they’ll have to spend after April

17 Jan 2022 2 minutes Read
Nadine Dorries MP. UK Parliament. (CC 3.0). S4C’s Carmarthen office, right.

S4C don’t yet know how much money they will have to spend after April, they have said.

The Welsh language channel is currently in the dark about when their 2022-27 financial settlement will be announced or what it will contain.

Yesterday Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced a two-year freeze to the licence fee that funds the BBC and said that the funding model would be abolished completely after 2027.

S4C however are still waiting to hear their own fate. A spokesperson told Nation.Cymru that they “have no comment to make on the matter, we’re still awaiting the announcement of our financial settlement for 2022-27”.

They also confirmed that they did not know when the details would be announced, but that their new financial year started on the first of April this year.

Since 2010, S4C’s budget has been cut every year by 36% in real terms.

Asked in November about S4C by the House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Nadine Dorries said that she “knows how popular it is in Wales” and that Welsh MPs “love it”.

“I do appreciate how important S4C is and I know how popular it is in Wales,” Nadine Dorries said.

The license fee agreement was due to be announced in the summer of last year before Nadine Dorris took the culture brief in a reshuffle, and decided to revisit it. The decision due to be announced by the end of the month will come into effect from 1 April.

After the news that the license fee could be abolished was announced yesterday, a Welsh academic warned that it would “cause an existential crisis” for the Welsh language.

“After all, can you really imagine a situation in which S4C is the only surviving public broadcaster in the UK that is directly funded by the Treasury in London?” Professor Richard Wyn Jones asked

“If so then, dear God, I’ve got a bridge to sell you…”


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
4 months ago

This could potentially put our sporting national teams under an English paywall. We need to have this devolved asap because the Britnats only care about themselves.

Dim problem
Dim problem
4 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Seems fair enough. After all, the Welshnats don’t care about Wales…

Julie Jones
Julie Jones
4 months ago

Something being “popular in Wales” means virtually nothing within the corridors of Westminster and Whitehall. Expect to see cuts, followed by a series of narrative attacks on ‘minority culture’. Unless S4C comes under Welsh Government remit it will be finished in a few years time.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

The fascist Tories are slowly strangling the life out of Wales like a serial killer would his or her victim.

Nadine Dorries is pandering to the English imperialist hardcore of the Conservative party to cling onto power and Wales, the Welsh language and our Senedd Cymru are in their sights.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
4 months ago

This rabid british chauvinist govt at Westminster wil take aim at the Senedd next – make no mistake Wales’ very existence as a nation is under threat 😢😡

Stephen
Stephen
4 months ago

Just make S4C a subscription service, not sure how they will spend that few hundred quid tho lol

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephen

Hilarious. This wouldn’t be an issue if the English establishment didn’t try and wipe our language and culture out. By the way, the BBC would be f’ed if it were subscription only.

Last edited 4 months ago by GW Atkinson
Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephen

Anti welsh language bigots like you have been trying to exterminate our language for centuries – you wont succeed!

Glyn
Glyn
4 months ago

Licence. At least spell it correctly. Mae nhw’n meddwl ein bod ni’n ddigon twp fel mae hi.

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