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Pressure on Osborne to review S4C funding.

CHANCELLOR George Osborne is under pressure to review the funding and remit of S4C as concern soars about the future of the world's only Welsh language television channel.

S4C chief executive Ian Jones warned on Monday that the channel's remit was no longer "fit for purpose" in the digital era and stressed the need for it to become available on new platforms. Mr Jones also told MPs that S4C was the only public service broadcaster in the UK that does not broadcast in high-definition.

David Davies, the chairman of the Welsh Affairs committee, has now written to the Chancellor to flag up concerns at a time when the channel is braced for further funding cuts.

Monmouth MP Mr Davies wrote to Mr Osborne to "raise the issue of sufficient funding for the channel and independently reviewing its remit".

He reminds Mr Osborne that the Culture Secretary has a "responsibility" to make sure the channel is "sufficiently funded".

In the letter, he states: "The Secretary of State for Culture is required, by statute, to ensure it is sufficiently funded. S4C Executives told us that further reduction in funding could significantly impact its services.

He continues: "As questions arise as to the Channel's capacity to provide high quality content on all platforms as broadcast technology develops, we ask that you consider conducting an independent review into the Channel's remit and scope."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 3, 2016
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