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William Powell AM welcomes S4C Funding Announcement

February 18, 2016 11:00 AM

S4CThe Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the BBC has agreed to protect S4C's licence fee funding until 2018.

In a letter forwarded to Aled Roberts AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokeperson on the Welsh Language, Rona Fairhead, BBC Trust Chairman, makes clear that she is making a pledge to continue providing the £74.5m per year from the BBC for the 2017-18 financial year, in order to provide stability while the UK Government reviews the Broadcaster's wider future.

Commenting on the news, William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Mid & West Wales, said:

"This is very welcome news. The proposed cuts to S4C were completely unacceptable, so I am very pleased that this funding has now been secured until 2017. This is the right decision. However, S4C deserves and needs financial stability for the long term. These issues must be addressed."

He added:

"S4C makes an immense contribution to safeguarding the Welsh Language and enriching Welsh culture, as well as bringing many benefits to our Nation's economy. Every £1 of S4C spend is worth £2.09 to the Welsh Economy."

"I am particularly concerned that the proposed re-location of the S4C Headquarters to Carmarthen goes ahead in line with the commitment given last year by the S4C Authority Chair, Huw Jones. The re-location will bring linguistic, economic and cultural benefits for West Wales as well as benefits for the service S4C provides. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign to secure the future of S4C."