S4C has announced changes to its programme schedule effective from the middle of this month.
The channel has already announced that there would be changes to the content and style of the magazine programme ‘Heno’ with more emphasis on establishing a close relationship with audiences throughout Wales. At the same time it was announced that the Caernarfon office of ‘Heno’ producers Tinopolis would re-open.
Announcing the changes, Dafydd Rhys, S4C Director of Content, said, “We look forward to receiving audience reaction to the new schedule and hope the viewers will be pleased with ‘Heno’s coverage of activities from the Welsh communities in all their variety. Later in the evening there’ll be an opportunity for S4C to be more adventurous and innovative – indeed, to strengthen the service at the heart of the Welsh nation.”
As part of the changes from 14 May onwards, ‘Heno’ will be broadcast five nights a week instead of four, running from Monday to Friday.
Angharad Mair, Gerallt Pennant and Eleri Sion will be part of the presentation team. Rhodri Ogwen Williams will leave the team to concentrate on other series for S4C including the quiz programme ‘Jacpot,’ part of the ‘Pen8nos’ programme on Fridays.
The afternoon magazine programme ‘Prynhawn Da’ will change to run for an hour with leisure items and discussion.
‘Heno’ will be shown again at lunchtime on the days after original transmission and highlights of ‘Prynhawn Da’ will be shown again on Sunday afternoons.
Angharad Mair, producer of ‘Heno’ and ‘Prynhawn Da,’ said, “I’m looking forward very much to presenting the new ‘Heno’, a magazine programme in which S4C will be putting viewers, communities and events on the screen. This will be the viewers’ programme reflecting all the interesting and entertaining activities happening in all parts of Wales daily.”
The Friday evening programme ‘Pen8nos’ will be changing from 25 May. It will continue to have competitions such as ‘Jacpot’ and ‘Sam ar y Sgrin,’ Aled Samuel’s weekly look at S4C programmes, will move from Sunday night to be part of ‘Pen8nos.’
The 10pm slot from Monday to Friday will also change. Soccer round-up programme ‘Sgorio’ will move to 10pm on Mondays as an hour-long programme and among other programmes in the slot throughout the rest of the week will be young people’s programmes like ‘Y Lle’ and comedy series like ‘Gwlad yr Astra Gwyn.’
The second showing of ‘Pobol y Cwm’ will move back to 6.30pm from Monday to Friday. The new slot for young people’s drama series ‘Rownd a Rownd’ will be 6.10pm on Mondays and Wednesdays with a second showing on Sundays.