S4C retains Caernarfon base

S4C will retain its Caernarfon offices for at least another decade.

The Welsh language broadcaster has announced a ten-year extension on the lease for its Victoria Dock office, where twelve full-time staff are based.

Since its early days as the Welsh Fourth Channel, S4C has maintained a presence in Caernarfon – home to a cluster of independent production companies including Cwmni Da, Rondo and Antena.

But two years ago, the town lost out on its bid to become the home of the channel’s headquarters. Around 54 jobs – mostly management and administrative roles – will move from the Llanishen area of Cardiff to a new centre at Yr Egin in Carmarthen.

The channel’s chief executive, Owen Evans, said: ”At a time of great change at S4C, as we move our HQ to Carmarthen, it’s important that S4C can show its commitment to the whole of Wales…I’m glad that we have been able to guarantee our presence in north Wales for a further ten years. We have a long historical association with Caernarfon and this deal reinforces that for the future.”

Siôr Hayward, property director at landlords WJ Developments (Gwynedd), added: ”Without doubt our Victoria Dock development has played a major part in the regeneration of Caernarfon and we are delighted that S4C have committed to their future at Victoria Dock and Caernarfon.”

”The development has recently seen positive growth with the inclusion of several new tenants demonstrating it to be one of the prime office locations in North West Wales.”

S4C will also maintain a presence in Cardiff – with on-air continuity and transmission moving to BBC Cymru Wales’ new headquarters at Central Square in the city centre, due to open at the end of next year.

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