Little Dot Studios to bolster S4C YouTube channel
February 12, 2024
S4C digital content studio and media network, Little Dot Studios, has announced a partnership to bolster the public service media provider’s YouTube offering.
The move reinforces S4C’s commitment to future-proofing its output and showcasing Welsh language and culture. S4C has received £7.5 million of additional funding from the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media, and Sport to develop the provision on digital platforms.
Audiences can expect to be entertained by some of S4C’s most popular brands and talent, such as the sofa stars of Gogglebocs Cymru (‘Gogglebox Wales‘), fire chef and presenter Chris ‘Flamebaster’ Roberts’ global adventures, bilingual prison drama Bariau and a YouTube-first series starring Wales footballer Oli Cooper and his partner Tanwen Cray.
S4C will collaborate with Little Dot Studios to establish ways of engaging wider audiences, building on the success of its main YouTube channel which has seen a surge in engagement in recent years. The broadcaster’s annual report for 2022/23 noted that the number of hours of S4C content watched on YouTube had almost doubled within a year.
Viewers will be able to discover a variety of content on the platform, including a bespoke bilingual series with YouTube stars Jon and Emilie James, whose videos documenting their mortgage-free project ‘Camp Out West’ have garnered millions of views, and exclusive interviews with high-profile figures from the likes of Donald Trump to Wrexham FC co-owners, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
Roberts, who scooped Best Presenter at both BAFTA Cymru and RTS Cymru awards in 2022 and 2023 respectively, says: “It’s vitally important for S4C to be accessible to all and YouTube is a great way to connect with a new audience. We’re proud of our heritage and language, and it’s important for Welsh culture to be seen and heard around the globe. It’s great to know that my content will be available to watch on S4C’s YouTube channel – it’s there for all the world to see.”
James Loveridge, Managing Director of Entertainment at Little Dot Studios, said: “Our collaboration with S4C is focused on championing the broadcaster’s profound legacy in showcasing Welsh language and culture across global social platforms. Leveraging their extensive library of long-form, television-quality content, we anticipate a significant boost in engagement with diverse audiences, fostering increased watch-time and ultimately enhancing revenue for S4C.”
Geraint Evans, S4C’s Joint Interim CEO and Chief Content Officer, added: “S4C is delighted to be partnering with Little Dot to introduce Welsh content to a new audience. Our YouTube channel has seen considerable growth over the last five years and now we look to supercharge it to bring in a global young audience.”