BBC Wales Today
|Presented by||see On air team below|
|Theme music composer||David Lowe|
|Country of origin||Wales, United Kingdom|
|Production location(s)||Cardiff, Wales, UK|
|Running time||30 minutes|
(main 6:30pm programme)
|Production company(s)||BBC Cymru Wales|
|Original network||BBC One Wales|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Original release||17 September 1962 –|
|Related shows||ITV News: Wales at Six,|
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.
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.
The programme began at 6:10 pm 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, the opening of separate UHF transmitters at Wenvoe (Wales) and Mendip (West) led to complete separation, except for overlap areas in South Wales.
Between September 1984 and September 1988, the programme aired at 5:35 pm - one hour earlier than most of its counterpart BBC news programmes elsewhere in the UK - before moving to the 6:30 pm timeslot in September 1988. Wales Today shares the same studio facilities (studio C2 at Broadcasting House in Cardiff) as S4C's Newyddion programme.
On weekdays, Wales Today broadcasts six three-minute bulletins at 27 and 57 minutes past each hour during BBC Breakfast. A 15-minute lunchtime programme airs at 1:30 pm with a short preview at 5:15 pm. The main half-hour edition of the programme airs between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm. The late night bulletin airs at 10:35 pm following the BBC News at Ten.
Three bulletins air during the weekend: 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.
District and Specialist Correspondents
Former on air team
Former presenters of Wales Today include: Elfyn Thomas, Noreen Bray; John Darren; Sara Edwards; Gail Foley; Jayne James; Rhys Jones; Patrick Hannan; Brian Hoey; Bob Humphrys; Vincent Kane; Jason Mohammad; Chris Morgan; David Parry-Jones; Betsan Powys; Penny Roberts; Simon Pusey; Tim Rogers, Kevin Owen, Glyn Mathias, Peter Walker, Alan Wilkins, Jamie Owen
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)