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S4C publishes New Media Forum report

24/11/2011

The S4C Authority has published the first Report by its New Media Forum established by the Authority earlier this year. The Report contains a number of recommendations to the Authority and the Channel’s officers.

The S4C Authority today launched a public consultation on the Report and its recommendations. The closing date for responses is Friday 6 January 2012.

The Forum was created to give advice and offer ideas to the Channel as it develops its New Media strategy.

The Forum hopes their recommendations will form the basis of a new policy in relation to New Media for S4C.

Among the recommendations made, the Forum suggests:

· Re-defining the Channel’s core purpose of providing ‘television services’ to include ‘a spectrum of different media.’

· Establishing detailed digital and commercial strategies as part of the work of developing the new service.

· Investing in on-line content through the S4C Digital Fund rather than commissioning content.

The Authority will respond to the Report and the results of the public consultation in due course.

The Forum is made up of nine members who have an interest and expertise in New Media. They are Carl Morris, Iwan Standley, Marc Webber, Rhys Miles Thomas, Llinos Thomas, Rhodri ap Dyfrig, Peter Watkins Hughes and Daniel Glyn. The chairman is Dyfrig Jones, a member of the S4C Authority.

Dyfrig Jones said, “S4C has already stated that the Channel needs to make developments in the field of New Media. The Forum’s ideas and recommendations will be vital to S4C as it makes progress in this key area.”

Huw Jones, Chair of the S4C Authority, said, “One of the proposals the Forum makes is that the Report itself should be widely circulated and that people who have an interest in the subject be invited to share their views. This will happen through the public consultation so that the strategic choices S4C has to face in this field are fully understood.”

The full report and public consultation form can be seen on http://www.s4c.co.uk/newmedia

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