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The Future of S4C

Purpose of the consultation

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee is running an inquiry into the future of S4C.

The Committee is looking at the following issues:

  • What sufficient funding for the channel looks like. For example, who should provide it, and how should it be calculated – should it be linked to a formula? How should this be supplemented with revenue raised by S4C?
  • What S4C’s statutory remit should be. Is its current remit fit for a contemporary broadcaster, and if not, how should it change? How should it reflect the digital role of a modern broadcaster?
  • What governance and accountability structures S4C should have in place. For example, should responsibility for S4C be devolved to Wales?
  • What S4C’s relationship with the BBC should look like.
  • The visibility of S4C: covering issues such as S4C’s prominence on the electronic programme guide and smart TVs.


The committee has requested evidence from a range of experts and service providers. We are keen to hear evidence from service providers, industry experts, business representatives, academics and consumer groups.

Providing written evidence

The Committee welcomes written contributions in English or Welsh, and asks organisations with Welsh Language policies or schemes to provide bilingual submissions, in line with their public information policies.

Submissions should be no longer than five sides of A4, with numbered paragraphs, and should focus on matters set out above. Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Please send your views to: by 3 March 2017. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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