Town and Country Broadcasting network presenter Tommo is joining the BBC from the spring to host the afternoon show on Welsh language service Radio Cymru.
Betsan Powys, BBC Radio Cymru’s Programme Editor, has announced her vision and strategic plan to make the station more relevant to the people of Wales, saying, “there’ll be a range of voices on the station, each one someone’s favourite, and each one speaking someone’s Welsh.”
Her announcement follows the biggest ever radio research project in Wales. “Reflecting the richness of your lives, the range of your opinions and tastes will be the aim of Radio Cymru, and as they are – thankfully – broad, we have to now make a start on broadening the appeal of the station,” she said.
Tommo – real name Andrew Thomas – joins to do weekday afternoons Monday to Thursday, while Shân Cothi also joins the station to present new morning show called ‘Bore Cothi’. The sound of the early morning will change with Dylan Jones staying on air to present a new programme after Post Cyntaf until 10am.
Tommo, who is a previous winner of the Arqiva Commercial Radio presenter of the year award, said: “Being given a show on Radio Cymru is like winning a cap for Wales – I’ve worked hard for the local team and now I get to play for the national team! It’s fantastic! I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and meeting Radio Cymru’s fans! There’ll be lots of fun and laughs and music on the new show and I want to make sure that everyone enjoys it – I won’t let the Wales team down!”
Betsan Powys has also announced plans for a brand new Welsh-language digital service from next year, which will be available as an online stream called Cymru Fyw. She’s also looking into the possibility of creating an online ‘jukebox’ of Welsh language music.