A FORMER pupil of a school in St Asaph has been sacked as chief executive of the publicly-funded Welsh channel, S4C.

Sian Doyle, who was educated at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, had held the role since January 2022, but leaves after investigations into bullying allegations at the channel.

She has since released a statement condemning the decision to relieve her of her duties, and calling for the UK Government to take action.

A review began after concerns were raised about a “toxic culture” within S4C by BECTU in April.

Extracts from a statement from the S4C Authority read: “The evidence we have seen reflects the views and experiences of 96 people who are current or former staff of S4C or partners with whom the organisation works.

"The nature and weight of the evidence provided was deeply troubling. It has undoubtedly been a challenging time for many individuals.

“As members of the authority, we would like to apologise for the stress and anguish caused by behaviours experienced in the workplace.

“Having received detailed legal advice, members of the S4C Authority made the difficult but unanimous decision to terminate the employment of the chief executive.

“These are never easy decisions to make. However, we, as members of the S4C authority, are confident that this is the right decision for the organisation.”

Ms Doyle previously worked in the telecommunications and retail sectors in the UK, Canada and the United States.

She has also held such roles as managing director of TalkTalk, director of retail at EE, member of the board of trustees of National Theatre Wales, and independent non-executive member of the Digital and Health Care Wales, Welsh Government Board.

In response to S4C’s statements, Ms Doyle said she found her role as the channel’s chief executive “difficult at best and downright demoralising at worst”.

Ms Doyle said in a statement: "S4C is a remarkable organisation, and it has been an honour to be its CEO and lead a team of talented and committed professionals over the last two years.

"Today, I was dismissed by the chairman of S4C, Rhodri Williams, in what I believe is an unprecedented lack of governance for a public body.

“I was dismissed by letter, without notice, without a meeting, without seeing a copy of the Capital Law report or any evidence, without a right of appeal, and without proper grounds.”