Former S4C boss Sian Doyle in hospital after damning report into bullying allegations | UK News


The former head of a TV channel is in hospital after the publication of a report on allegations of bullying.

Sian Doyle had been chief executive of Welsh-language broadcaster S4C since 2021 but was fired last month after allegations of bullying.

Mrs Doyle’s husband Rob said she was taken to hospital after he found her “unresponsive”.

It comes after an investigation into allegations of bullying on the channel.

The investigation, carried out by law firm Capital Law, published its report on Wednesday.

It found Ms Doyle’s management style “dictatorial” and “creating a culture of fear”.

Ms Doyle has previously claimed she suffered “a sustained pattern of retaliation, unfair treatment and wider bullying” at the hands of S4C’s chairman.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, members of the S4C Authority – the body that oversees the management of the broadcaster – said they “would like to apologize to those who have had to tolerate unacceptable behavior in the workplace and for the sad, that this has caused”.

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S4C said the chairman had nothing further to add to Wednesday’s statement.

Mr. Doyle said the report was “heavily biased” and that its framing was “cruel”.

He added that the past 24 hours had seen his wife “torn apart in the media after an exceptional 30-year career because of a one-sided report”.

Sir. Doyle claimed the report was “designed to be an assassination of her character”.

A DCMS spokesman said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Doyle and her family at this incredibly difficult time and we wish her a speedy return to health.

“We expect the board of S4C to address the issues identified in the Capital Law independent inquiry as a matter of urgency. We have been in regular contact with S4C throughout this inquiry and will continue to be.

“Public service broadcasters, like any organisation, have a responsibility to maintain a duty of care towards all employees.”

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S4C was launched in 1982 following a campaign to establish a Welsh-language channel.

“Sian was so proud to have been asked to come out of retirement to lead an organization she campaigned for as a young girl,” said Mr. Doyle.

“But that pride turned to frustration and then to disappointment, fear and finally despair.”

He said he had watched “in horror and disbelief” as his wife had been “hunted down over the last seven months”.

“The person represented in yesterday’s supposedly ‘independent’ report was unrecognizable from the woman I have loved for the past 37 years or the woman her friends and former colleagues know,” he added.

A spokesman for S4C said the news about Ms Doyle was “very concerning”.

“Our thoughts are with her and the family,” they said in a statement. “We have offered our support to the family during this difficult time.

“Our hope is that she will make a speedy recovery and we wish her all the best for the future.”


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