Glyn Mathias

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Glyn Mathias
Born Jonathan Glyn Mathias
(1945-02-19) 19 February 1945 (age 72)
Residence Brecon,[1] Powys
Nationality British
Employer ITN, BBC Wales, Electoral Commission, OFCOM
Known for Political journalist

Jonathan Glyn Mathias, OBE (born 19 February 1945)[2] is a British print and broadcasting journalist of over thirty years' standing. He was a lobby correspondent at Westminster for thirteen years, and is the former Political Editor of Independent Television News (1981–1986) and BBC Wales (1994–1999). He was the Electoral Commission's Commissioner for Wales (2001–2008), and as of 2013 is a member of OFCOM's Content Board and Chair of OFCOM's Advisory Committee for Wales.

Early life[edit]

Mathias was born on 19 February 1945, and is one of three children of the writer and poet Roland Mathias (1915–2007) and Mary Annie (Molly) Hawes. He moved around the country as he grew up, as his father (a teacher at the time) taught in places including Carlisle, London, and Pembroke.[3][4]


Mathias was educated at Llandovery College, a boarding independent school in the market town of Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, in south-west Wales, followed by Jesus College at the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton.[2]


Mathias started as a reporter on the South Wales Echo in 1967, before joining BBC Southampton in 1970. He joined Independent Television News, becoming ITN Political Correspondent in 1973 and ITN Home Affairs Correspondent in 1979.[5][6] In 1981, Mathias became ITN Political Editor, replacing Julian Haviland, and became ITN's Controller of Public Affairs and Chief Political Correspondent in 1986.[7][8]

From 1994 to 1999, Mathias was Political Editor of BBC Wales, and in 2001, he became an inaugural member of the Electoral Commission, serving as the Commissioner for Wales from 2001 to 2008.[9] As Commissioner, he launched a campaign to try to persuade more people to vote in the Welsh Assembly elections.[10] In March 2011, he was appointed by Carl Sargeant (Minister for Social Justice and Local Government in the Welsh Government) to review the programme of work of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, prior to the 2016 local government elections. The Mathias Review made a series of detailed recommendations to that end.[11][12]

In 2005, the Roland Mathias Poetry Prize was established under the auspices of the Brecknock Society and Museum Friends,[13] and Glyn Mathias was its Committee chairman from 2005 to 2011.[9] He has also been a director of Autism Cymru, The Beacons Trust and Brecon Action Ltd.[14] In 2011, Mathias became Chair of OFCOM's Advisory Committee for Wales and a member of the OFCOM Content Board. In the same year, he became Chair of the New Welsh Review.[9]

Mathias was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for public services and services to broadcasting in Wales.[15]


Mathias has two children, Megan and Mathew, by his first wife Sian. Following her death, he married Ann in 2000. They have a daughter Hannah, and live in the market town of Brecon[1] in Powys, in mid-Wales.


Mathias's works include:

  • Europe or the Open Sea? : The Political and Strategic Implications for Britain in the Common Market – co-author (Charles Knight & Company, London, 1971)[16]
  • ITN Election Factbook 1987 (Michael O'Mara Books, London, 1987)[16]


  1. ^ a b "Glyn Mathias". OFCOM. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mathias, (Jonathan) Glyn. Who's Who. 2013 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 20 January 2013.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  3. ^ "Roland Mathias Papers". National Library of Wales. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Roland Mathias Prize". BBC. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Who's Who on Television (1980 ed.). ITV Books Ltd. 1980. p. 161. 
  6. ^ Who's Who on Television (1985 ed.). ITV Books Ltd/Michael Joseph Ltd. 1985. p. 169. 
  7. ^ Burrell, Ian (12 March 2007). "Tom Bradby, smooth operator". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Glyn Mathias". OFCOM. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Glyn Mathias, Chair". New Welsh Review. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Drive to lure election voters". BBC News. 11 April 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Mathias Review" (PDF). Welsh Government. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Report of the Mathias Review". Welsh Government. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Roland Mathias Prize". Brecknock Society and Museum Friends. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Director Check – Jonathan Glyn Mathias". Director Check. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B13. 
  16. ^ a b Glyn Mathias Publisher: Abe Books. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
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Preceded by
Julian Haviland
Political Editor of ITN
Succeeded by
Michael Brunson