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A cultural exchange - S4C, Channel 4 and film / Elain Price

Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

Swansea University Author: Price, Elain

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S4C, launched one day prior to Channel 4 on 1 November 1982, depended heavily in its formative years on its sister channel for content to fill the schedules around its 22 hours a week of original Welsh content broadcast at peak hours. Freed from any constraints by the ‘once around the transmitters’...

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Published in: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Published: 2013
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa14556
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Abstract: S4C, launched one day prior to Channel 4 on 1 November 1982, depended heavily in its formative years on its sister channel for content to fill the schedules around its 22 hours a week of original Welsh content broadcast at peak hours. Freed from any constraints by the ‘once around the transmitters’ agreement and a strong relationship between its two Chief Executives, the Welsh channel was given free rein to select and schedule Channel 4’s programmes as it wished and broadcast them free of charge. With no room for all of the Channel 4 programmes within the S4C schedules, some programmes would have to be omitted and the complexities of the relationship would be exposed by the difference in style between the programmes produced in English and in Welsh. This article will explore the relationship between the two channels and the tensions and difficulties which arose by studying the way that the films purchased and produced by Channel 4 were broadcast on S4C as a case study. The article will also consider how the relationship between both channels influenced the commissioning of Welsh-language films by S4C.
Keywords: Film, S4C, Wales, Television, Channel 4, Collaboration
College: College of Arts and Humanities