Before the Budget on Wednesday, I was able to ask the Minister of State for the Wales Office, Guto Bebb MP, why the Government has broken its promise, as set out in its 2015 election manifesto, to protect funding for S4C.
The funding last year for S4C was £6.7m and was £6.1m this year. A fall of £600,000, completely contravening the Government’s pledge to the people of Delyn.
The Minister dithered and failed to answer my question directly. Instead he said that a review was being undertaken and that an announcement will be made shortly on the continued freezing of funding for S4C. As we can see, funding hasn’t been frozen it has been cut.
I will always push for better investment and support for the Welsh language. The Welsh Assembly Government is doing an excellent job in promoting Welsh, but that is in spite of the efforts by the Westminster government.
On Thursday, I asked the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, if she could assure me that the forthcoming review into the future of S4C will be able secure a definitive base for its funding.
S4C is currently facing a 10% cut in its funding between now and 2021/2. This will undermine this Public Service Broadcasters ability to produce the top quality programming that people love.
It has been a hard-fought-for Welsh language Public Service Broadcaster that receives prominence, a privileged place on the TV guide, on TV sets across Wales.
S4C currently works in partnership with BBC Wales in sharing programming and resources, and is partially funded (£74.5 million a year) through the BBC licence fee. The Government has agreed to this sum until the next Charter Review in 2021/2. Read more “Culture, Media and Sport Questions: Future of S4C”