Ofcom prominence measures “warmly welcomed” by UK PSBs

British PSBs have responded to Ofcom’s proposed measures to aid PSBs in the streaming era.  On Thursday, July 4, broadcast regulator Ofcom announced its measures to ensure “that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”. These include improving the prominence of PSB content on major viewing platforms, a renewed focus on […]

UK PSBs call for new prominence rules to tackle tech giants

The UK’s public service broadcasters have asked the government to guarantee the prominence of their linear and on-demand services in the face of mounting pressure from global giants like Netflix. In an open letter signed by the heads of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4C, the broadcasters urged broadcast regulator Ofcom to modernise […]

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 […]

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 […]

BBC commits to S4C funding

UK public broadcaster 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 […]

Arqiva broadcasting S4C HD service

Transmission services provider Arqiva has struck a deal with Welsh-language channel S4C to broadcast its recently launched HD service. S4C HD has been on air since June 7, broadcasting content including coverage of the Euro2016 football championship, in which the Welsh team reached the semi-finals, to an average 629,000 weekly viewers. The channel is available […]

S4C joins BBC iPlayer as first third-party channel

Welsh-language channel S4C has joined the BBC iPlayer service. The move marks the first time that the BBC has integrated a third-party broadcaster into its catch-up platform. S4C is joining iPlayer on a 18 month trial basis with S4C editorially responsible for its commissioned content. At the end of this period, the BBC will evaluate […]

S4C launches on TVPlayer

Welsh public broadcaster S4C has launched on streaming service TVPlayer, making its programming available on-demand to viewers in Wales and the wider United Kingdom. TVPlayer is a free app developed by tech company Simplestream that fully launched earlier this year. It allows consumers in the UK to watch UK channels on connected devices and claims […]

S4C launches on YouView

Welsh-language channel S4C is now available on the UK’s YouView connected TV platform. The service allows customers across the UK to watch S4C programmes on demand for up to 35 days following the original broadcast. YouView customers in Wales can already watch S4C programmes through the live service. S4C CEO Ian Jones said, “Launching S4C […]

S4C makes digital push

Welsh-language broadcaster S4C will make all of its content available on the BBC iPlayer from the end of 2014, and is also set to launch an on-demand app on UK connected TV service YouView. The plans are part of a number of new initiatives that will “increase the opportunities to watch the channel in the […]