Press release

S4C protected from budget reductions

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Culture Secretary confirms Welsh language channel protection.

S4C has been protected from further budget reductions, Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced today.

In recognition of the need to continue to reduce the deficit and debt, the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement set out a necessary reduction in Whitehall departmental budgets. However, the Culture Secretary today confirmed that funding for Welsh language channel S4C would not have its budget reduced.

Funding for S4C will be maintained at the levels set out in the Spending Review earlier this year.

Maria Miller said:

The Welsh language is an integral part of the UK’s incredibly diverse culture and its important we protect that diversity.

S4C plays a crucial role in the cultural and economic well-being of Wales. I’m pleased that even in tough economic times we can continue supporting minority language broadcasting in Wales.

We are providing the funding certainty that the channel needs to continue bringing high-quality Welsh language programmes to the small screen.