Members of RTS Cymru Wales were saddened to learn of the death of Euryn Ogwen Williams, a leading figure in the media industry in Wales.
Euryn was an experienced broadcaster and a visionary innovator who enthusiastically promoted the benefits of digital and online technologies.
Originally from Penmachno and educated in Mold, he graduated in Philosophy from Bangor University, later moving to south Wales where he eventually settled in Barry.
He helped establish Cardiff’s first local commercial radio station, CBC and worked as a director for TWW and HTV Wales before being appointed as S4C’s first Director of Programmes when the service went on air in November 1982.
He was also a key figure in the development of Wales’ independent production sector, which grew rapidly during the 80s to become an important supplier of programmes to S4C, along with BBC Cymru Wales and ITV Cymru Wales.
He famously sold rights internationally to a new children’s animation series, SuperTed whilst it was still in production, a series which became iconic in the early days of S4C.
During the 90s he was a consultant with S4C and also advised on the development of Gaelic services in Scotland when the roll-out of digital terrestrial television started in the late 90s.
In 2018, he was appointed by the DCMS Secretary of State to conduct an Independent Review of S4C, which secured a new funding formula for the service, based on the licence fee.
He was an enthusiastic supporter of RTS Cymru Wales and he chaired a number of events for the society across the years including in 2018 “The Search for Little Flanders – Developing a Digital Mindset”, held at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, which explored the use of community-based digital story telling technologies, using as an example, the installation based at St Jerome’s Church in the village of Llangwm, south Pembrokeshire.
RTS Cymru Wales Committee Member Luned Whelan, who works for TAC (Welsh Independent Producers) described Euryn as ‘an inspiration and a driving force to the media world in Wales over the past forty years’ adding that ‘we owe him a debt of gratitude for his measured contribution, his infectious enthusiasm and his generous support.’
He was a man of culture whose faith and family were important above all. He continued to write poetry during the pandemic, and had published two volumes of poems, the latter in 2012. He was an integral member of the Welsh Society, Cymrodorion, in Barry, his home for many years, and this close-knit community will miss him greatly.
RTS Cymru Wales members, the wider production sector, S4C and the broadcasting world in Wales will remember Euryn long into the future.
Diolch iddo am bob dim.