The recent YouGov poll, commissioned by S4C programme Y Byd ar Bedwar , found 53% agreed the channel should show English programmes, with 18% disagreeing and the rest not expressing a view. Welsh speakers were more evenly split, with 36% backing English-language programmes on S4C and 35% against.
However this do show why people would want English language programme on S4C.
- They may think that this this only way S4C could survive.
- They may be fed up with the piss poor Welsh productions of Independent TV companies and the haphazard way BBC covers Wales.
But the poll did not ask as far as I know “would you like more programmes with a Welsh context onS4C but simplerly more programmes in English".
However those of us who can remember what Welsh Language programmes were like before the creation of S4C (and I suspect neither Chris Bryant or Peter Black ,who expresses similar views do) know what it was like
Programmes (what there were) scattered all over the schedule, and often in the afternoon or very late at night. and when they were shown English speakers complining thet could not watch their shows.
If English language programmes were to be included on S4C, how long before demands were made that should take up the prime-time spots?
I have argued here that f we need to increasase S4C's audience by attracting Non-Welsh speakers to S4C then they should look at European productions and subtitle them in Welsh and English.
In the meantime Synidau points out the problems of existing English Language programmes on the BBC which relate to Wales and this would be multiplied if S4C was to fail but in a digital age but why do we have this problem?
I for one believe that when we only had five or six terrestrial channels that this always one programme that I wished to watch . Now with freeview there numerous channels there is all to often not one programme of quality I would wish to see. More choice seems to have left me with no choice.
If the future of S4C and its quality are to be discussed why single it out ? Can it be that this is merely an excuse for those who are opposed to the Welsh language to attack it through cutting S4C funding so that it becomes increasingly lees viable so they can abolish it all together.
The spurious call for the likes of Chris Bryant for English language programmes on S4C is an attempt to use a valid argument about English Language broadcasting about Wales.Is just attempt to attack the Welsh Language, which they see as furthering Nationalism.Of course in reality they would be quite content that monoglot English speakers in Wales remained ignorant of Wales . They most certainly would not like to see a series like Pen Taler now showing on S4C or any series that gave the impression Wales was not anything but a subordinate part of the British State.
The future of Broadcasting in Wales is to vital for those who wish to divide Wales and its people (whatever Language they use) to win through.