March 8, 2017
As part of our public work, Dr Ruth McElroy, Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of South Wales gave evidence about the future of S4C to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee at the Senedd earlier today.
Ruth was invited to give evidence to the committee as part of her role as Co-Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations. Ruth has also provided written evidence as part of the IWA’s Media Policy Group submission.
Evidence gathered by the committee is likely to feed into an independent review of S4C.
Ruth said: “I see that the role of S4C is essential because of the Welsh language and, to me, that seems quite obvious, but it does need to be restated. If the Welsh Government is going to achieve its aim of having one million Welsh Speakers then S4C is going to be crucial in that. We do have other public broadcasters in Wales, but what is different in terms of S4C is the Welsh language and for me that has to be the basis of everything that S4C does.”
See the webcast of the evidence in English and Welsh here:
For further information, see the Senedd.tv archive.