Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has tabled a motion in Parliament calling for the protection of S4C funding, and recognising the value which S4C provides to broadcasting.
This comes as part of a campaign by the Welsh Liberal Democrats who are leading the fight to save S4C, following threats to the BBC licence fee.
There has been widespread concern about public sector broadcasting following the election due to uncertainty over the Conservative Government’s plans for the BBC license fee, which provides £75 million to S4C, accounting for 90% of its funding.
The new Culture Secretary John Whittingdale MP has previously said the license fee should be scrapped. With the BBC Charter due for renewal in 2017, negotiations over future funding will start this summer. As well as the money S4C receives from the BBC license fee, the remaining £6.7m of S4C funding comes from the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport and is not guaranteed beyond March 2016.
Commenting Mark Williams said;
“The uncertainty over the future funding for S4C is very worrying. As well as tabling this Early Day Motion, I recently called on the Leader of the House to allow a debate on this issue in Parliament, and my colleagues in the Assembly also held a debate on this issue.
“S4C has a huge cultural value, and its continuation is vital for our area. I believe that as well as a sustainable funding plan, the Government must ensure S4C is allowed to maintain its editorial, managerial and operational independence, so that it can continue to provide the quality welsh language content it has been delivering for years. My Welsh Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will continue to do all we can to protect S4C for the future.”