The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 replaced the Welsh Language Act 1993 and as part of the new legislation, in Wales, the Welsh language has equal legal status with English and must not be treated any less favourably. Public bodies no longer need to develop and implement Welsh Language Schemes and must comply with a set of relevant Welsh Language Standards instead.
As a public body, S4C has received a Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner listing which of the Standards (as listed in full in the Welsh Language Standards Regulations (No.2) 2016) S4C is required to comply with, along with any exemptions and their relevant implementation dates.
Section 67 of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 provides that the Commissioner is not authorised to require a body to comply with a standard if, and to the extent that, the standard relates to broadcasting. "Broadcasting" means the commissioning, production, scheduling, transmission or distribution of programmes (including advertisements, subtitles, continuity announcements and teletext), access services, interactivity, online content and other output of a similar nature for television, radio, the internet or other online or wireless platforms. But, references to broadcasting do not include any activity that is carried out in connection with broadcasting (unless the activity is itself broadcasting).
S4C is expected to comply with the majority of the Standards by 25 January 2017.