S4C's government funding for 2015/16 will be unchanged at £6.7 million, which will be a cut once inflation is taken into account. The Welsh language channel has also had cuts of 1% and 2% this year and next, which were announced in the Budget.
Today’s announcement further reinforces this Government’s commitment to a strong and independent Welsh language TV service. S4C has, undeniably, made an enormous contribution towards the creative industries in Wales, and crucially, to promoting the Welsh language. Indeed, it is the only Welsh language channel in the world. The Chancellor has recognised the importance the people of Wales place upon S4C, and has secured its funding for 2015/16. I am confident that the future is bright for S4C, and that it has the stability and certainty that it needs to continue to go from strength to strength.
The fact that we have been able to ensure that S4C will receive no reductions to its Government funding is a very good result. S4C makes a tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic life of Wales and we are pleased to be able, even in tough economic times, to continue to support minority language broadcasting in Wales.Maintaining the current funding level will provide the channel with the certainty it needs to continue investing in, and producing, high-quality Welsh language programmes.
S4C has worked closely with the ministerial team at the Wales Office, with committed Members of Parliament, with prominent membersof the National Assembly and the Wales Government, and with members of the House of Lords to try and ensure that the UK Government understands the far-reaching implications of any decision regarding the funding of S4C. Today’s announcement reflects the strength of the arguments. We are grateful to them all for their efforts and to the Chief Secretary for the Treasury, the Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary for listening to them.
Most of the channel's money now comes from the licence fee. An agreement reached with the BBC in January means S4C faces further cuts in that funding.
- 2013-14 - £76.3 million
- 2014-15 - £76.0 million
- 2015-16 - £75.25 million
- 2016-17 - £74.5 million
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