The appointment is for four years commencing on 8 June 2011and follows a scrutiny hearing held jointly by the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee and the Welsh Affairs Select Committee on 24 May.
Mr Hunt said: “I am pleased to welcome Huw Jones as the new Chairman of S4C. Throughout his career he has shown great commitment to Welsh language broadcasting and his unique experience and understanding of S4C will stand him in good stead as he leads the organisation through this important stage of its history.”
Huw Jones is a former Chief Executive of S4C, having held that position from 1994 to 2005. During that time, he chaired its commercial subsidiary and was a Director of SDN, the digital terrestrial television licence holder. He has been a prominent figure in Welsh language music and media since the late 1960s and in the early ’80s was instrumental, as an entrepreneur and television producer, in the establishment of a vibrant media industry in North West Wales. During his time at S4C, he acted as Chair of the Celtic Media Festival for three years.
Mr Jones is currently Chair of Portmeirion Ltd, Deputy Chair of the Wales Employment and Skills Board and a Member of the Welsh Language Board. He is a member of the RSPB Council, and is Vice Chair of the Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Learning Centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is married with two adult children and lives near Caernarfon, North Wales.
Notes to Editors
The appointment of the S4C Chairman was made on merit following a fair, open and transparent process, regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The OCPA Code of Practice is available on the website for the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
The appointment is made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport with agreement from the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
The appointment is for a term of four years with a remuneration of £52,370 per annum for up to three days per week.
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