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Funding for S4C new headquarters examined

13 March 2017

The Welsh Affairs Committee speaks with the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) in a session focusing on the funding of a new S4C headquarters in Carmarthen.

Witnesses

Monday 13 March 2017, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Gwyndaf Tobias, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Purpose of the session

Yr Egin, on the UWTSD campus in Carmarthen, is intended to provide new headquarters for S4C and act as a centre for creative industries in West Wales.

The project has come in for criticism regarding its sources of funding. The Welsh Government recently announced it would give £3m towards building the new headquarters and a further £3m is expected from the Swansea Bay city deal. S4C have also decided to pay rent in advance for the next 20 years at a cost of £3m. This comes despite an independent advisory panel on creative industries saying the project should not get any public money.

The Committee hopes the University will clarify any current and future funding concerns.

Chair's comment

On announcing the meeting, Committee Chair David TC Davis commented:

"The funding issues surrounding S4C's new headquarters are a concern for the Committee. We hope this session will allow Trinity St David to clarify any questions we may have. It is essential that public money is spent wisely." 

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