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Warm words on S4C must be met with hard cash – Aled Roberts AM

The BBC’s warm words on working with S4C must be matched with a commitment to sustainable funding for the future, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said.

As BBC Director-General Tony Hall sets out his vision for the BBC ahead of its charter renewal, Aled Roberts AM has warned that the future of Welsh language programming could be at risk without cuts to S4C’s budget being ruled out.

The charter review proposals document states that: “The BBC is fully committed to broadcasting and providing services in the UK’s indigenous minority languages,” but it gives no information of future budget plans for S4C. These details are not expected until “later in the year.”

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Aled Roberts AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Welsh Language Minister, said:

“Tony Hall’s warm words and promises to share services with S4C are not unwelcome, but in order to secure the future of Welsh language broadcasting his words need to be met with hard cash.

“S4C makes an immense contribution to safeguarding our 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.

“It’s all very well promising to work more closely with S4C, but unless we see a firm commitment to sustainably funding the channel for the future then there might not be an S4C to work with. We need those assurances now so the channel can plan out its future work.”

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