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YouGov poll finds support for English programmes on S4C

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Image caption The survey found people supported the idea of English-language programmes on S4C

More than half of Welsh adults back the idea of Welsh-language TV channel S4C broadcasting some of its shows in English, a survey has found.

The YouGov poll for S4C's Y Byd ar Bedwar programme found 53% agreed it should screen English programmes alongside Welsh ones.

This narrowly held up among Welsh-speakers as well, with 36% agreeing and 35% against.

S4C said the poll showed the "strength of appreciation" of the channel.

Current affairs programme Y Byd ar Bedwar broadcasts the survey's full findings later on Monday.

YouGov interviewed a representative sample of 1,206 adults across Wales for the survey. Just over 200 of them were Welsh speakers.

More than half (56%) of non-Welsh speakers agreed with the statement, ''S4C should show English language programmes alongside its Welsh language programming".

The study found 15% of non-Welsh speakers disagreed with the proposal, while 35% of Welsh speakers also disagreed with it. Overall, 18% of those interviewed disagreed.

In all, more than half of those interviewed (55%) agreed that "S4C is important in safeguarding the future of the Welsh language".

Almost four in five Welsh speakers (79%) thought this, and half of non-Welsh speakers agreed with this statement.

Almost a quarter (23%) of non Welsh speakers did not agree, while around one-in-eight Welsh speakers (12%) also disagreed with the statement. In all, 22% disagreed.

The findings come as more than 1,000 people turned out in Cardiff over the weekend to support a rally over the future of S4C.

The Welsh-language channel's budget will be cut by 25% by 2015, as part of the UK government's Spending Review.

'Appreciation'

The BBC will take over part-funding of S4C from 2013, with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport reducing its grant by 94% over the next five years.

The four main party leaders in Wales have jointly written to David Cameron calling for an independent review of S4C.

S4C chief executive Arwel Ellis Owen said: "The results show the strength of appreciation of S4C by the people of Wales, whatever language they speak."

Y Byd ar Bedwar is screened at 2130 GMT on Monday 8 November.

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