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Sacked S4C chief calls for investigation into Welsh-language channel

Sacked S4C chief calls for investigation into Welsh-language channel

Sacked S4C chief calls for investigation into Welsh-language channel
Nov 30, 2023 1 min, 12 secs

The former head of the Welsh public service broadcaster has sent a scathing letter to the culture secretary calling on her to urgently investigate S4C and its chair, amid a deepening crisis at the top of the Welsh-language channel.

Siân Doyle, who was sacked as chief executive of the taxpayer-funded S4C on Friday, sent the letter to Lucy Frazer calling on her to examine the actions of the channel’s chair, Rhodri Williams, before he is appointed for a further term in the role.

The S4C board said: “The nature and weight of the evidence provided was deeply troubling” and after receiving legal advice it had taken “the difficult but unanimous decision to terminate the employment of the chief executive”.

In the letter Doyle accuses Williams of embodying a culture of “fear, lack of trust and excessive control” at the broadcaster, claiming that the current board had little influence over a chair who terrified some individuals in the organisation.

Doyle – who grew up in a politically active Welsh-speaking household – said she had been given a mandate to change S4C when she became chief executive two years ago, which was embraced by some staff members and opposed by others.

She said during her tenure,audience numbers had increased, with more young viewers, and there had been a flagship deal with the Canadian-American actor and film producer Ryan Reynolds to screen Welsh-language programming on his digital channel.

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