Vincent Kane

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Vincent Kane, OBE is a Welsh broadcaster and writer, known primarily for his career at the BBC. He was chairman of the Wales Quality Centre, the International Festival of Musical Theatre and the Cardiff Initiative.


Kane was born in Cardiff in 1935. In 1960, speaking with Mary O'Neill, he won The Observer Mace, [1] representing Cardiff University.

Kane is best known for his work as a presenter and interviewer with the BBC, with whom he worked for almost 36 years.[2] He presented television programmes such as Wales Today and Week In Week Out and was on radio in Good Morning Wales and Meet For Lunch (BBC Radio Wales). He has been called "the Jeremy Paxman of Wales"[this quote needs a citation] because of his searching interview techniques, though he was already a well-known figure in Wales before Paxman made his name on national television. Kane began as a reporter on Wales Today in 1962, and went on to become the first host of Week In Week Out in 1964,[3] presenting the weekly current affairs programme. He returned to host Wales Today from 1986 to 1993, and eventually left BBC Wales in 1998.

In June 1988 Kane was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for "services to Broadcasting in Wales".[4]

Kane founded the Wales Quality Centre and, almost 30 years later, retired from the role of chairman in December 2012.[5]

Now in later life he spends the majority of his time living in Cyprus.[2]


  1. ^ Winners of the John Smith Memorial Mace, 2004; Retrieved 2015-11-24
  2. ^ a b Matt Thomas, 'We didn't have rules; During his remarkable broadcasting career, Vincent Kane interviewed Richard Burton and covered some of the biggest news stories of the 20th century', Western Mail, 15 May 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  3. ^ Vincent Kane, hippies, mini-skirts and a legend, BBC South West Wales 13 May 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  4. ^ O.B.E., Supplement to the London Gazette, 11 June 1988, p. B10
  5. ^ Eoghan Mortell, Vincent Kane’s long good-bye, Click on Wales blog (Institute of Welsh Affairs). Retrieved 2013-01-07.