Rhodri Owen

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Rhodri Owen
Born Rhodri Owen
1972 (age 41–42)
Wales
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, CBBC, Holiday
Spouse(s) Lucy Owen (m. 2004)
Children Gabriel Owen (b. 10th March, 2008)

Rhodri Owen (born 1972 in Three Crosses, Gower, Swansea) is a Welsh born and Welsh speaking radio and television presenter.

Biography[edit]

Owen was brought up in Gower, Swansea[1] in a Welsh language speaking family, which is his first language. Owen was also a member of the National Youth Theatre of Wales.[2]

Owen started his career in radio reporting in his native Welsh language for Radio Cymru. After taking over the Saturday breakfast show, Owen transferred to the daily Red Dragon FM breakfast show. Having presented for BBC Radio 5 Live, Owen has also been the main station voice of BBC Radio Wales.

Owen started his television career with S4C in 1993 as a continuity announcer during children's programming, before appearing on a variety of programmes including children's magazine shows Noc Noc and Uned 5. After six years with the Welsh channel he moved to London and joined CBBC, fronting children's consumer show "Short Change." He went on to appear in the BBC Wales investigative consumer show "X-Ray" and was also the host of 4x4, BBC Three's "Liquid Assets," the BBC1 travel programme "Holiday". He then spent three years on the rival ITV travel show "Wish You Were Here...?," "Holiday in Style" for UK Style and BBC1's "Hard Cash".[3]

Owen is currently hosting "Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns" for Living TV[4] and continues to present BAFTA award winning "X-Ray" for BBC Wales. In 2006, he also co-presented Britain's Dream Homes with Melissa Porter on BBC Two.

Owen had his first book published: "Bwyd bwyd bwyd (food food food)" - about healthy foods aimed at children. In 2009, he became presenter for afternoon magazine show Wedi 3 and studio director for Planed Plant, the current S4C children's continuity strand.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rhodri married fellow Welsh television presenter Lucy Cohen in June 2004 at St Andrew's Church in St Andrews Major near Dinas Powys.[6] The couple live in Llangan, and London.[7] After trying to conceive, the couple undertook treatment via IVF.[8] Son Gabriel was born on March 10, 2008 by Caesarean section, weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces (2.6 kg).[9][10] Rhodri's brother Geraint died on 11 July 2009.

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