It has been announced that S4C’s high-definition channel Clirlun will close at the end of this year due to funding.
S4C HD is currently only available on Freeview though there were plans for a Freesat introduction (Welsh region) which now won’t happen.
Clirlun costs £1.5m a year to run and with reported broadcaster losses of £6.1m in 2011, they have had to make some tough decisions for next years fund allocation.
Ian Jones, S4C’s Chief Executive, said,
The decision comes in the wake of the considerable reduction in our public funding. There’s no way of avoiding such a decision made inevitable because of the 36 per cent reduction in our budget in real terms.
It’s important we invest the greatest proportion of our budget in content in order to ensure value for money and in order to offer the best programme service to our viewers.
We hope to be able to consider different options for using HD on several digital platforms in the future.
S4C is largely funded by the BBC and with a freeze in the television license, there has been a knock on affect for all. S4C’s public funding has dramatically reduced from £101.6m in 2010 to £83m in 2012.