S4C Authority

The S4C Authority is an independent public body. It is responsible for the provision of Welsh language television programme services. The Authority is accountable for S4C's output and the proper management of the channel.

Key responsibilities of the Authority include:

  • to oversee, approve and scrutinise the proper management of S4C
  • to ensure that S4C provides S4C's television services
  • to operate as a public body
  • to act as a regulator on certain matters
  • to prepare Annual Reports and Accounts.

It is the responsibility of the Chief Executive, officers and staff of S4C to manage and maintain S4C on a day-to-day basis. This responsibility includes providing S4C's television services. The Authority does not participate in day-to-day decisions. In particular, the Authority is not involved in any commissioning or editorial decision. This practice has existed since 1982 and continues to maintain the independence of the Authority. It ensures that it remains at arm's length from decisions made by officers - especially in the case of programme content.

The Authority has a statutory duty to ascertain the state of public opinion concerning programmes broadcast on S4C, any effects of such programmes on the attitudes or behaviour of viewers as well as the types of programmes that members of the public would like to be broadcast on S4C. The Authority is also responsible for ensuring that relevant provisions are in place to enable viewers to complain to S4C about its programming.

The Authority's statutory duties are placed upon it by the Communications Act 2003 and the Broadcasting Acts of 1990 and 1996.

Members of the Authority

Members of the Authority are appointed by the Secretary for State for Culture, Media and Sport following consultation with the Wales Office, Welsh Government and the BBC Trust. Posts on the Authority are advertised publicly and appointments are made following a public appointments procedure.

Huw Jones

Term of appointment: 08.06.2011 - 07.06.2015

Former singer and broadcaster; one of the founders of Sain Record Company and the company’s managing director until 1981. Co-founder of Teledu’r Tir Glas, one of the earliest Welsh independent production companies and of the facilities company Barcud, which he chaired between 1981 and 1993. He was S4C’s Chief Executive between 1994 and 2005. He is now Chair of Portmeirion Cyf, a member of the RSPB Council, Vice Chair of the Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Learning Centre and a Trustee of the Royal Television Society.

Dr Carol Bell

Term of appointment: 17.09.12 - 16.09.16

Having started in the oil and gas industry, Carol Bell's career developed in the world of banking with JP Morgan and Chase Manhattan before moving from the city to complete a doctorate in the Archaeology of ancient trade networks in the Eastern Mediterranean in 2000. Since completing her doctorate in 2005 she has developed a range of business and charitable interests and is a board member of a number of companies and organisations.

John Davies

Term of appointment: 01.04.2010 – 31.03.18

Councillor John Davies is a farmer and former Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council. He was Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) between 2008 and 2012 and is Chairman of the Royal Welsh Show’s management board.

Aled Eirug

Term of appointment: 17.09.12 – 16.09.16

Aled was a journalist and senior manager with HTV and the BBC for 25 years, before he moved into the world of politics, serving as constitutional advisor to the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly of Wales between 2006 and 2011. He has also served as a special advisor to the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Skills. He is Chair of the British Council Wales Advisory Committee, and a member of the Nominet Wales Advisory Group.

Marian Wyn Jones

Term of appointment: 08.11.12 – 07.11.16

Marian was head of the BBC’s centre in North Wales for fifteen years. She is an experienced journalist who has worked on a wide range of television and radio programmes in Wales and on the BBC network. She now works as a media consultant and has a range of business and charitable interests. She is a Non-Executive Director of Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, a member of Snowdonia National Park Authority and the Arts Council of Wales, a member of the Council of Bangor University, a director of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias and a trustee of the Kyffin Williams Trust.

Elan Closs Stephens

Term of appointment: 12.07.12 – 31.10.14

Elan is a member of the S4C Authority by virtue of her position as the BBC's National Trustee for Wales. She is Emeritus Professor at Aberystwyth University. She has provided strategic leadership to cultural bodies such as Chair of the S4C Authority (1998-2006), Governor of the BFI (2001-2007) and as Chair of the Report on the Arts in Wales (Stephens Report 2006) for the Welsh Assembly Government. She remains on the Board of the Imax Waterloo on behalf of the BFI. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Welsh Government's Strategic Delivery and Performance Board. Elan was born in the Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd, and was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. In 2001, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and the Welsh language.

Rheon Tomos

Term of appointment: 20.11.2006 – 19.11.2014

Rheon is experienced in financial matters in the public and private sectors. He established his own consultancy business in 2005. He is former Chair of CIPFA in South Wales and a member of its regional council. He is Treasurer and a Trustee of Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Wales League of Youth) and a non-executive member of the board of Estyn and a member of the Welsh Language Commissioner's Audit and Risk Management Committee.