Weather reporter Siân Lloyd says S4C ditching programmes for Prince Philip ‘completely unnecessary’
Weather reporter Siân Lloyd has described S4C’s decision to ditch their schedule because of Prince Philip’s death as “completely unnecessary.”
Ms Lloyd who has worked for both ITV and S4C and is also a well-known TV presenter, made her comment in response to S4C’s announcement on Twitter yesterday saying: “In light of this afternoon’s news abouth the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, there are changes to S4C’s schedule.
In response, Ms Lloyd asked in Welsh: “Why?! An important story worth commenting on the News of course but completely unnecessary to change your timetable.”
Paham?! Stori bwysig sy’n werth sylw ar y Newyddion wrth gwrs ond yn hollol ddiangen newid eich amserlen
— Siân Lloyd (@SianWeather) April 9, 2021
After more viewers asked “Pam?” “Why?”! and vented their displeasure at missing out on the normally-scheduled episodes of soap Pobol y Cwm and other favourite programmes, S4C replied to one, Dylan Wyn Williams, saying in Welsh: “The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a major event, and it is right that S4C is addressing his death.”
Many commentators responded to S4C’s comments in Welsh by using words such as “Shame”, “Pathetic” “Sycophantic”, criticising the channel for not taking Channel Four’s lead – which did not scrap its normal schedule.
Ms Lloyd’s own comments were liked by over 200 people while hundreds also criticised S4C for its decision to ditch everything for Prince Philip’s death.
Ms Lloyd added that she would be watching programmes on Netflix rather than S4C’s coverage of the Duke’s death.
The BBC has now set up a special page where listeners and viewers can lodge their complaints about ‘too much coverage’ – after having being inundated with complaints about its ‘over-the-top’ coverage of Prince Philip’s death.
The wall-to-wall coverage has prompted many to call the BBC and Welsh broadcaster S4C to complain, especially bearing in mind the many thousands of people who have lost their lives to Covid-19.
S4C has not set up a similar page for complaints.