The S4C Authority is an independent public body. It is responsible for the provision of Welsh language television programme services.

The Authority's main responsibilities include:

  • ensuring S4C provides its television services;
  • ensuring compliance of the services with the relevant regulatory requirements, including the Ofcom Broadcasting Code;
  • taking into account the audience's views regarding S4C's provision;
  • approving S4C's strategy, annual budget and long term financial plans;
  • overseeing, approving and scrutinising the proper management of S4C;
  • operating as a public body;
  • acting as a regulator on certain matters;
  • preparing Annual Reports and Accounts; and
  • appointing a Chief Executive and Secretary.

Authority members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in accordance with the public appointments process. Several of S4C's senior executives including the Chief Executive, Director of Creative Content, Corporate & Commercial Director and Director of Communications attend meetings and participate in the Authority Board's discussions.

The Authority delegates a number of specific functions to the Chief Executive and his executives. 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 duties of the Authority are set out in statute in the Communications Act 2003 and the Broadcasting Acts of 1990 and 1996.

Members of the Authority

Authority members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture , Media and Sport following consultation with the Welsh Office, the Welsh Government and the BBC Trust . Authority jobs are advertised in public , and the appointments are made following public appointments procedure.

Huw Jones (Chairman)

Term of appointment: 08.06.11 - 07.06.19

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 the facilities company Barcud, which he chaired between 1981 to 1993 . He was S4C's Chief Executive between 1994 to 2005. He is now Chair of Portmeirion Ltd, Vice-Chair of the Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Learning Centre and a Trustee of the Royal Television Society.

John Davies

Term of appointment: 01.04.10 - 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. He is a trustee of the High Sheriff's Trust.

Hugh Hesketh Evans

Term of appointment: 20.11.14 – 19.11.18

Hugh is the Leader of Denbighshire County Council since November 2007, and a member of Llanfair DC and Gwyddelwern Community Council since June 2004. He is also a member of the National Farmers Union (NFU), a member of the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW ) and trustee and Treasurer of a Consolidated Charity.

He was awarded the OBE for services to Local Government in the Queen's Honours List 2012.

Guto Harri

Term of appointment: 9.07.14 – 08.07.18

Guto began his career as a journalist, spending most of it covering UK politics for the Corporation's main TV and radio outlets.

He presented a number of flagship shows and was Chief Political Correspondent at Westminster before taking two foreign postings to Rome and New York . He left the BBC as Director of Communications for Boris Johnson, Mayor of London , and in May 2012 he was appointed Director of Communications News UK. He is currently the Managing Director of External Relations at Liberty global.

Siân Lewis

Term of appointment: 9.07.14 – 08.07.20

Sian graduated in Business & HR from UWIC. After a brief period working for independent television company, Fflic TV, she joined Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Wales League of Youth) as a Development Officer and later Area Manager. She was later invited to join Cardiff's Welsh language initiative, Menter Iaith Caerdydd.

As Chief Executive of 'Menter' her role was to promote and expand the use of the Welsh language within the Cardiff Community. Sian established successful partnerships with a multitude of stakeholders which have been key to her strategy to increase the local community's engagement with the language. Sian was responsible for establishing Tafwyl – Cardiff's Welsh language festival.

Elan Closs Stephens

Term of appointment: 12.07.12 - 31.10.18

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 Permanent Secretary 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 the Welsh language.

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