Since 1982, S4C’s funding has been enshrined in statute. This statutory link ensures S4C’s long term stability and editorial independence, whilst also affording it protection from political intervention. S4C is a public service broadcaster not a Government Department. S4C should be treated in the same way as other public service broadcasters and on a similar timescale.
In moving to a position where the Secretary of State will decide the level of funding, it is essential that the long standing principle of the independence of operation of public service broadcasters continues to be protected.
Today’s announcement should of course be subject to full and proper parliamentary scrutiny.
S4C has already proposed to DCMS that the S4C Authority conduct a root and branch review of its operations. S4C believes it is vital to future proof Welsh language television services.