S4C faces grant cut in public spending review

Welsh-language channel may lose almost a a quarter of DCMS money.

S4C, the government-supported Welsh-language channel, is likely to see a 24 per cent cut in its annual grant from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in the upcoming public spending review, reports the Guardian.

The DCMS is planning to cut S4C's £100m grant by 6 per cent for each of the four years, starting 2011. The department is keen on saving £88m as part of the UK government's spending cuts.

While S4C has already had a £2m cut in its budget this year, John Walter Jones, chair of the S4C Authority, said "S4C is not aware of any specific proposals relating to its grant in aid at this time".

Jones added that the Welsh broadcaster has been making a number of significant changes over the past 18 months in the context of a challenging economic climate.

The DCMS declined to comment on the matter and said that decisions on departmental spending would be set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review, due to be announced in the autumn.