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New S4C HQ officially opened

Welsh broadcaster S4C's new Carmarthen HQ has been officially opened by Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright and Govt Minister for Wales Lord Bourne.

Both Ministers were given a tour of the new, state of the art centre, where Jeremy Wright admitted he'd never seen S4C before.

"Yr Egin" is the result of four years of planning and building which has delivered a centre that brings the creative and digital industries together. The HQ is located at the heart of the campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the local community. Yr Egin also boasts an auditorium, editing suites, cafĂ©, bar and performing areas.

The S4C Authority announced in February 2014 that the channel's headquarters would relocate from Cardiff to Carmarthen following a successful bid by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to attract the channel to the town.

The aim behind the move was to ensure that S4C, as a public service broadcaster, was closer to its audiences throughout Wales and to offer employment and training opportunities to those living in areas outside of Cardiff.

S4C, which employs 130 staff, has just signed a 10-year lease on its offices in Caernarfon in north Wales and continues to have offices and transmit from a base in Cardiff.

The first S4C staff moved into Yr Egin in September and have settled in well to their new offices. S4C has also welcomed many new members of staff to Canolfan S4C: Yr Egin who have been recruited from across the west Wales area.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said:
"For many decades, S4C has been the bedrock of Welsh language broadcasting. The UK government is committed to ensuring S4C continues to flourish, which is why we have invested £10 million to secure the relocation of S4C's headquarters to Carmarthen.

Huw Jones, Chair of S4C said:
"The move to Yr Egin is an important milestone for S4C. We are confident this historic relocation will be a catalyst to support employment and the Welsh language in West Wales. The state of the art facilities and desirable location make it an attractive place to work. We are pleased at the number of high quality jobs we have already been able to offer and also look forward to working closely with our future co-tenants."