Rhodri Talfan Davies

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Rhodri Talfan Davies (born 9 February 1971) is the director of BBC Cymru Wales. He is a member of the BBC's management board,[1] and a former journalist and communications executive. He has been director of BBC Cymru Wales since September 2011.[2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Davies was born in Cardiff in 1971 to Elizabeth Siân Vaughan Yorath and Geraint Talfan Davies, the chairman of Welsh National Opera and a former controller of BBC Cymru Wales.[3] His grandfather Aneirin Talfan Davies (1909–1980) was a poet, broadcaster and literary critic.

Educated at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff, and Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, Davies went on to study as an undergraduate at Jesus College, Oxford (BA Hons), and received a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University.[3]


Davies's career began with a short tenure as a sub-editor at the Western Mail in 1993. In the same year he joined the BBC as a news trainee, where he remained as a news reporter and producer until 1999.[3]

Davies was head of regional programmes at BBC West in Bristol from 1999-2001, taking charge of BBC television, online and local radio services across the region. He left the BBC in 2001 to become director of TV at the newly launched Homechoice (now TalkTalk TV). In 2005 he was appointed head of TV marketing at the cable operator ntl.[4]

In 2006 Davies returned to the BBC as head of strategy and communications. He was appointed director of BBC Cymru Wales in September 2011.[4]


  1. ^ Davies, Rhodri Talfan. "Biography". Inside the BBC. BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Rhodri Talfan Davies appointed Director, BBC Cymru Wales". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  3. ^ a b c Who's Who 2015. Reference Library: Bloomsbury. 2014. ISBN 9781408181201.
  4. ^ a b "Rhodri Talfan Davies replaces Menna Richards as director of BBC Wales". walesonline. Retrieved 2015-12-15.

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