Three men in their 60s climb 150 ft mast in protest of S4C changes
THREE men in their 60s, concerned for the future of TV channel S4C, scaled a 150ft television mast near Cross Hands.
The three, members of Welsh language protest group Cymdeithas yr Iaith, are concerned the Welsh language TV channel could be taken over by the BBC.
They fear a loss of independence and a decline in Welsh language programs.
Yesterday's Carmel transmitter climb, by Goronwy Fellows, 63, Ffred Ffransis, 62, and Myrddin Williams, 61, follows one made 40 years ago when they were calling for a Welsh channel.
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The campaigners perched for several hours on a wooden platform, unfurling Cymdeithas's Dragon's Tongue symbol.
The stunt followed a sit-in by members of Cymdeithas at the BBC offices in Carmarthen on Wednesday.
And last weekend a protest took place in Carmarthen when some 200 people gathered in the town to show their opposition to the plans.
Mr Ffransis said: "It was a hard campaign to win a Welsh language TV channel, but it could be lost so easily by neglect."
The BBC has previously stressed that it has no ambitions to take over S4C.
Discussions over the channel's future funding remain under discussion.