BBC ups S4C spend ahead of switchover

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The BBC has agreed a new partnership with Welsh language channel S4C which will see the corporation increase its spending on programme-making for S4C in the run-up to digital switchover in Wales in 2009.

Under current legislation the BBC is obliged to provide S4C with over 10 hours of Welsh programming each week—made by BBC Wales and funded by the licence fee. The BBC's current contribution includes the international news service, Newyddion, and the daily drama, Pobol y Cwm.

Under the new partnership, the BBC will:

  • increase the number of programmes it produces for S4C. Detailed programming plans are currently being discussed with S4C
  • provide, for the first time, BBC Wales-produced programmes on S4C's broadband and on-demand services.

BBC chairman Michael Grade, said: "BBC Wales's programmes have played a major role in the success of S4C for many years. We are delighted that this new partnership will strengthen and extend the BBC's contribution. I'm certain Welsh language audiences will reap the benefits."

S4C chairman John Walter Jones said: "The new partnership provides a welcome new chapter in the relationship between S4C and the BBC. We are grateful to the BBC for the extensive support enshrined in this settlement."

Lovelace Consulting  |  17.10.2006

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