North West Wales

Tinopolis: Independent TV company to close Caernarfon studio

An independent television company says it is to close its offices in Caernarfon and cut 38 jobs in Wales.

Llanelli-based Tinopolis says there has been a budget cut in a new contract to supply magazine programmes for Welsh language channel S4C from March.

Wedi 3 and Wedi 7 are being rebranded. Some Caernarfon staff may be redeployed or offered home working.

S4C chief executive Ian Jones said that staffing levels and the location of the offices were matters for the company.

Tinopolis Group includes companies such as Mentorn, which makes programmes like the BBC's Question Time.

Caernarfon-based reporters Gerallt Pennant and Meinir Gwilym, who appear regularly on Wedi 7, have been told that their contracts will finish at the end of February.

The company is in the process of reviewing its recruitment for the programmes.

It is thought about eight people work out of the Caernarfon office based at Galeri.

Executive chairman Ron Jones said there had been a 65% cut in the budget for the programmes.

"One other direct consequence of the cuts, which includes losing 38 staff, is to close the studio in Caernarfon," he said.

"This is a cause of great sadness but we will do everything within the limitations of the budget to provide a service for our loyal viewers.

"The work of our team in the north had been priceless over the years."

S4C's Ian Jones said the channel was confident the programmes would cover the whole of Wales and the views of people from all over the country.

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