BBC Radio Cymru will offer “something for everyone” when it launches its new schedule next month.
The new vision for the station starts on March 10th and station bosses says the aim is to ensure that a variety of different voices are heard on the station – with each one appealing to someone.
It was announced last November that Dylan Jones will remain on air to present his new programme from Bangor between 8am and 10am after Post Cyntaf. Shan Cothi’s new programme, Bore Cothi, will come from Cardiff between 10am and midday, and Tommo will join the station with a new programme from Carmarthen every afternoon, Mondays to Thursdays, from 2pm until 5pm – with Tudur Owen staying in his Friday slot.
Dylan Jones said: “There’s a considerable sense of excitement among the teams responsible for Post Cyntaf and my new programme, and we’re all working hard getting ready for the new line-up from March 10th. Personally I’m very much looking forward to hearing from as many listeners as possible, and to being part of the daily routine for people all over Wales until ten o’clock each morning.”
Tommo said: “The preparation’s started in earnest now and I just can’t wait until March 10th to bring afternoons full of music and fun to Radio Cymru listeners! I’ve had so many good luck messages already for me and the programme, and I’m just looking forward now to getting to know lots of new people!”
It has also been confirmed that the output at 12pm each day will include new programmes from Gari Wyn, John Walter and Caryl, in addition to Stiwdio with Nia Roberts and O’r Bae with Vaughan Roderick.
Gari Wyn said: “The programme will feature a combination of hot topics to do with business and entrepreneurship, history and the significance of historical events. I feel that if I ever had a mission in life, it’s to promote entrepreneurship among Welsh speakers.”
John Walter said: “I’m looking forward to a new challenge – and being allowed to ask those difficult questions instead of having to answer them, which is something I’ve had to do for years!”
Programmes such as Straeon Bob Lliw, Y Talwrn, highlights from Galwad Cynnar, Byd Iolo, Sesiwn Fach and light entertainment programmes including comedies and panel games will feature at the new time of 12.30pm each weekday.
And completing the lunchtime line-up is discussion programme Taro’r Post with Garry Owen, which will be broadcast at 1pm each day in the new schedule. During the first week, Garry will be out and about meeting people at the heart of their communities, as the programme is broadcast from a different part of Wales every day.
Betsan Powys, the station’s Programme Editor said: “Radio Cymru can’t please all the people all the time but we’re going to do our very best to offer something on the station for everyone. And the listeners – old and new – will be at the heart of the service.”