BBC Wales Today

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Wales Today
BBC Wales Today.png
Presented by Sian Lloyd
Jamie Owen
Lucy Owen
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin Wales, United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Editor(s) Gail Morris Jones
Location(s) Cardiff, Wales, UK
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
(main 6:30pm programme)
Production company(s) BBC Cymru Wales
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One Wales
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 17 September 1962 (1962-09-17) – present
Chronology
Related shows ITV News Cymru Wales
External links
Website

Wales Today is the BBC's national news programme for Wales, broadcast on BBC One Wales from the headquarters of BBC Wales in Llandaff, Cardiff. According to the BBC, it is the world's longest-running television news programme.[1]

The programme can be watched in any part of the UK (and Europe) on digital satellite channel 972 on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service. Selected video packages from the programme are available on the BBC news website.

History[edit]

The programme began at 6:10pm on Monday 17 September 1962. Its predecessor, a short News from Wales bulletin, started in 1957 and was originally presented by Michael Aspel. The new programme, originally presented by Brian Hoey, shared a 25-minute timeslot for regional news with Points West from Bristol - at the time, both programmes were broadcast to Wales and the West of England from the Wenvoe transmitter near Cardiff.

By February 1964, two new television regions, BBC Wales and BBC West, had been created with the addition of a new channel (13) for Wales on Wenvoe. Wales Today thus became a 25-minute programme broadcast only to Wales while Points West was only broadcast to the West of England. In 1969, separate UHF transmitters at Wenvoe (Wales) and Mendip (West) meant complete separation, except for overlap areas in South Wales.

On air[edit]

On weekdays, Wales Today broadcasts six three-minute bulletins at 27 and 57 minutes past each hour during BBC Breakfast. An 15-minute lunchtime programme airs at 1:30pm with a short update broadcast at 3pm. The main half-hour edition of the programme airs between 6:30pm and 7:00pm. A short 30-second headline update is broadcast during the BBC News Summary at 8:00pm with the late night bulletin airing at 10:25pm, following the BBC News at Ten.

Four bulletins air during the weekend: a lunchtime bulletin on Saturday, early evening bulletins on Saturday & Sunday and a late night bulletin on Sundays, following the BBC News at Ten.

From November 2001, a fifteen-minute news bulletin was broadcast on the digital opt-out service BBC 2W, first as 2W News and Sport and later, Wales Today on 2W. The bulletin was axed in 2007.

On air team[edit]

N.B. Persons marked with an * are also a stand-in presenter/newsreader.

Presenters[edit]

Former on air team[edit]

Former presenters of Wales Today include: Noreen Bray; John Darran; Sara Edwards; Gail Foley; Jayne James; Rees Jones; Patrick Hannan; Brian Hoey; Bob Humphrys; Vincent Kane; Jason Mohammad; Chris Morgan; David Parry-Jones; Betsan Powys; Penny Roberts; Simon Pusey; Tim Rogers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mypension/en/prospero_oct_2012.pdf
  2. ^ Servini, Nick (2009-07-16). "BBC news online". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  3. ^ "BBC news online". BBC News. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  4. ^ "TV Newsroom BBC Wales". Retrieved 2009-08-13. 

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