TV News for Wales gets a facelift as S4C launches revamped schedule
From Monday, a newly revamped studio at BBC Cymru Wales will host the new Newyddion 9 programme anchored by Rhun ap Iorwerth or Bethan Rhys Roberts, as S4C begins a major overhaul of its primetime programming.
As part of the changes on S4C, daily magazine programme Heno will see its Monday and Friday evening editions extended to one hour. Drama series Rownd a Rownd is promoted to a primetime slot, moving from 6:10pm to 7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Speaking in January about the changes, Dafydd Rhys, S4C Director of Content, said, "These changes are in response to our audience’s wishes and will put their needs first. Moving Newyddion to a later slot will create a new focal point for S4C's news service. It's a chance to re-locate the news and create a comprehensive, up to the minute service which is relevant for that time of night and for the S4C audience with news from Wales and the world."
From YouTube S4C promo for the new Newyddion 9 programme (in welsh)
Over on BBC One, Wales Today - which shares the revamped studio with Newyddion - will appear with a modified on-screen look from Monday. The studio brings BBC News presentation in Wales in line with the recently relaunched BBC News output from Broadcasting House in London, with the revamped studio in Cardiff containing screens and a desk similar in style to those used at Broadcasting House.
S4C changes channel on cable
On Thursday 25th April, S4C moves to channel 166 on Virgin Media. The move makes way for TLC - Discovery Channel's newest addition to its portfolio - launching 30th April on channel 167.
There are no changes to S4C's channel numbers on other digital TV platforms, where S4C is available on terrestrial (Freeview) channel 4 and satellite (Sky/Freesat) channel 104 in Wales and on Sky channel 134 or Freesat channel 120 outside of Wales.