Pobol y Cym
[please read to the final paragraph!]
I watch "Pobol y Cym" from time to time (not exactly a committed viewer). Makes an interesting change from cack like Hollyoaks and... I'm sorry... what is the attraction with EastEnders/Coronation Street? Some days it is like a bad comedy, other days it is so depressing that sticking pins into your eyeballs must surely be a more interesting way to pass the hours.
BTW, for the purposes of statistics, that would make me a Brit living in France watching Welsh TV with subtitles.
Oh, and I can count to five in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. I would like to add Russian but I seem to have a mental block on getting the words in the right order. Welsh? Sadly no, but if you hit "Reply to this post..." :-)
[the final paragraph - finally making a point <grin>]
I think, however, something very important should be bourne in mind. S4C, catering to a *small* number of viewers (for zero on a sample is not necessarily zero in reality) and costing £100m is not as bad as it might seem considering the government has just been found to spend £1.3m on an ID card scheme nobody wants. Oh? That's only a hundredth? Okay, here's the slammer - the NHS IT scheme (currently in the order of £12.7bn (yes, BILLION)) is going to have some drastic cutbacks to shave off around £600m. Shall we start on UK.gov next?
Or, in terms of figures:
Chris Moyles (2009): £630,000 pa
Terry Wogan (2009): £800,000 pa
Dr. Who/Torchwood: £10,000,000 (per season, approx.)
S4C: £100,000,000 pa?
Lord Ashcroft owes: £100,000,000 (unpaid tax, says Vince Cable)
Deprived pupil Fail: £249,000,000 (on educating deprived, things now may be _worse_)
Matalan dividend: £250,000,000 (owner will pay self from loan capital!)
RBS bonus: £1,600,000,000 (for £3.6bn loss)
National debt: £178,000,000,000
2009 govt spending: £661,000,000,000 (count those zeroes)
S4C should look to reducing the costs, drop some programmes that don't perform, but in the scale of government spending, it is daft to jump on "underperforming" media (S4C, Radio6...) that some people actually enjoy, while pissing away money on ill-conceived online presences, chasing terrorist threats that don't exist, and all of the other news stories that have us scratching our heads and asking "couldn't they see this had FAIL written all over it?".
BTW, figures from ElReg, national papers websites via Google, and http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/breakdown