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Review leads to job cuts at Welsh language channel S4C

Welsh language broadcaster S4C is cutting jobs and not ruling out the possibility of compulsory redundancies.

S4C, which employs 173 people, has confirmed that it has invited applications for voluntary redundancy or early retirement.

The channel's chief executive Iona Jones wrote to staff to say job losses were necessary following a review.

She said compulsory redundancies were possible if the required staff cuts were not met through voluntary means.

Everything possible would be done to keep those to a minimum, she added.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "S4C confirms that it has invited applications for voluntary redundancy and early retirement in some parts of the business.

"That process is ongoing and no further comment will be made".

S4C, launched in 1982 and based in Cardiff, broadcasts more than 80 hours of Welsh language programmes on platforms, including television and broadband.

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