Following the news of Louise Elliott’s departure, BBC Radio Wales has hired Radio Cymru’s sports presenter Eleri Siôn to host the weekday afternoon show.
Eleri will present the programme Monday to Thursday, with Wynne Evans doing the Friday edition, looking forward to the weekend’s events and activities.
“I’m very excited about the prospect of presenting the afternoon show,” said Eleri. “It’s a great chance for me to get to know the audience. I’m a big fan of Louise Elliott’s programme and although she’s definitely a hard act to follow, I’m thrilled to have been given this chance.
Carmarthen-born Wynne is a familiar face from his career as an opera singer and also from a series of well-known TV commercials, and he’s already presented a number of programmes on Radio Wales, standing in for regular presenters as well as having his very own show on Saturdays during the summer.
He’s also a regular presenter on Classic FM.
He says he’s looking forward to speaking to people from all over Wales and hearing about their weekend plans, from Carmen to car boot sales: “My mission will be to help people have the perfect weekend,” says Wynne.
“How many times have we all sat there, thinking ‘what’s going on this weekend’? I want to hear from everyone about what they have planned – and it’ll be perfect for me too because I’ll be able to find out what I can do with my family! If I wasn’t presenting I’d certainly be listening in.”
Steve Austins, Editor of BBC Radio Wales, said: “I’m delighted to welcome both Eleri and Wynne to BBC Radio Wales. Eleri has been a firm favourite on Radio Cymru and S4C over the years and will bring bags of personality to the station. Listeners are already familiar with Wynne and this new show will allow him to talk to people across Wales, which is one of his major strengths.
“We’re obviously sad to lose Louise from the afternoons but I think Eleri and Wynne will offer listeners something new.”