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 […]

DRG backs Wildseed to grow

London-based distributor DRG is to provide funding for talent and content incubator Wildseed Studios. The partnership will see DRG investing in a round of Wildseed pilots this financial quarter, and will continue indefinitely with the investment described as “uncapped”. However, Modern Times Group-owned DRG will not take an equity stake in UK-based Wildseed, a spokesman […]

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 […]

UK terrestrials to simulcast nets on TVPlayer

The UK’s three commercial terrestrial channels have struck licensing deals with online TV service TVPlayer to simulcast live-feeds over the web. ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will begin streaming channels on a full range of connected devices for the first time following the deals. ITV, ITV 2, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV Be, CITV, […]

BBC commits to S4C funding

UK pubcaster the BBC has agreed to fix its level of funding of Welsh counterpart S4C until 2022. A letter sent this week by BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead to S4C Authority chairman Huw Jones confirms the BBC will provide S4C with £74.5 million (US$99.5 million) each year until the current licence fee agreement ends. […]

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: 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 […]

S4C, BFI victims of government cutbacks

Welsh-language broadcaster S4C has had its budget cut in the latest round of cost cutting by the UK government. The free-to-air broadcaster currently receives £6.7 million (US$10.1 million) from the UK government, which will be reduced to £5 million. The cut was revealed as UK authorities unveiled a widespread spending review. The Department for Culture, […]

Sony, S4C renew formats pact

Sony Pictures Television has renewed a formats development pact with Welsh pubcaster S4C. This pact sees the pair work on non-scripted format ideas with Welsh production companies, with a focus on primetime entertainment, fact-ent, reality and game shows for S4C that SPT then sells internationally. The partnership is in its second year, and has already […]

UK PSB programme spend, viewing figures drop

British public service broadcasting is “performing well” despite falls in both programme spend and viewing, according to an Ofcom review published today. The UK broadcast regulator’s Public Service Content in a Connected Society report claims that the main public service broadcast channels accounted for 51.1% of all UK TV viewing in 2013, down from 60.8% […]