Ian Jones

Producers welcome new S4C chief

Welsh indie production body the TAC has welcomed the appointment of senior civil servant Owen Evans as CEO of the nation’s pubcaster, S4C. Evans will become chief exec of the public broadcaster on October 1, succeeding former A+E Networks and National Geographic exec Ian Jones. TAC chairman Iestyn Garlick welcomed the hire, saying: “We are […]

Ex-BBC producer becomes S4C factual chief

Welsh pubcaster S4C has hired a former BBC producer to become its content commissioner for factual programming. Llinos Wynne joins after six years as a freelancer, and will divide her time between S4C’s headquarters in Cardiff and its office in Caernarfon. Her hire comes after current incumbent Llion Iwan became S4C’s head of content distribution […]

Ian Jones leaving S4C

Ian Jones will leave his role running S4C at the end of the year. His exit after six years running the Welsh pubcaster comes amid debate about its future and funding. Announcing the exit, S4C said Jones will remain in the TV business “and is looking to split his work time between the UK and […]

S4C names indie boss as new content chief

Welsh pubcaster S4C has hired a new content chief in the shape of Amanda Rees, the founder of factual indie TiFiNi. She has become director of content, replacing Dafydd Rhys, who has been director of content and broadcast for five years. Rees will take up her post later this year, with S4C CEO Ian Jones […]

TV’s Big Questions: is linear TV dead or dying?

At the recent CES show in Las Vegas, YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl forecast online video will overtake linear TV by 2020. Netflix boss Reed Hastings has said that all viewing will be online within 20 years. The prognosis for linear TV is grim. Or is it? We asked the industry. For Peter Higgings […]

TV’s Big Questions: what is shaping the world of content?

Platforms, technology and marketing aside, what really drives the international TV industry is content. We asked a selection of execs from around the world for the shows that they feel are pioneering, brilliant or genre-defining. In the world of docs, Simon Chinn from Man on Wire prodco Lightbox says 2015 was the year of the […]

TV’s Big Questions: what direction should the BBC take?

The BBC, perhaps the world’s most revered pubcaster, is under financial, political and cultural pressure to change how it operates. We asked senior executives what ‘Auntie’ should do next. “Any TV executive who doesn’t care about the health of the BBC needs their head examined,” says Pulse Films unscripted boss Roy Ackerman. “What does it […]