The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Hugh Hesketh Evans as interim Chair of S4C. Hugh is one of the most experienced members of the S4C Unitary Board and has been a non-executive member of the board since November 2014. Hugh is the leader for Denbighshire County Council since 2007 and is a member of Llanfair DC and Gwyddelwern community council.
The appointment of S4C's new Chair will be made by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the process is proceeding accordingly.
As S4C celebrates a year since relocating to their new headquarters Yr Egin, the channel's chief executive, Owen Evans, has paid tribute to Huw Jones for his tireless work as S4C Chair over the past eight years.
"When Huw came into office S4C was at a key turning point in its history. With the energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail that is characteristic of Huw, he succeeded in restoring order and a sense of certainly at the channel.
"Comparing where the channel is today and where we were in 2011 shows Huw's legacy. The channel now has a stable funding position and has had a positive review by DCMS
"There has been a significant change in the broadcasting landscape in the last 8 years. Who would have thought in 2011 that so much viewing and engagement would be happening through social media? And of course, S4C Clic now offers a number of channels, box sets and additional content. But S4C has proven creative successes on the screen as well during Huw's time. From Y Gwyll / Hinterland to Un Bore Mercher /Keeping Faith and from the Sir Karl Jenkins concert "Cantata Memoria: For the Children" to the victories of Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France and the amazing run of the Welsh football team during Euro 2016, the screen has been full of highlights.
"I'm sure Huw would agree that the work is not yet over - there are still many challenges to come. But without Huw's work, laying the foundations, S4C would be a very different, and much poorer institution, in every sense of the word, today.