As BBC Radio Cymru Mwy comes to a close, BBC Wales is urging listeners to continue to feedback their views on the service.
The digital pop-up service is on-air until January 3rd 2017 – BBC Radio Cymru’s 40th birthday.
BBC Radio Cymru Mwy has been broadcasting on weekday mornings since 19th September, and currently features Ifan Evans in the Breakfast Show hot-seat, presenting between 7 and 10am until the end of December.
Betsan Powys, Editor of BBC Radio Cymru, says: “We’ve received emails and comments from listeners from all four corners of Wales. They’ve been enlightening, valuable, honest and practical – a really useful mix. With a month to go, why not tune-in, listen and give us your views.
“It’s also quite natural, as we reach the final stages of the pilot for listeners to ask what we’ve learnt so far. Some of the lessons are obvious; on the technical side, we’ve been able to reset cables and make connections but also to understand where the technical weaknesses lie, or where the costs are prohibitive.
“We’ve also had the chance to cast the net for talent and new voices and there’s no doubt that we’ll hear some of those voices on BBC Radio Cymru in the future.
“In terms of other things we’ve learnt, we need to take stock, ask questions, listen and review against a number of criteria in the new year. And no doubt, we’ll discuss some of those findings in the year of celebration and innovation that’s to come. And what a year it’s going to be, as we celebrate forty years of our national Welsh language radio station.”
BBC Radio Cymru has announced that elements of the pop-up station will continue on the main station during the celebratory year, with the project’s legacy to be seen and heard on BBC Radio Cymru’s timetable over the next twelve months.
There are plans for the digital pop-up format to return online to coincide with music festivals and events. The first pop-up is expected on the final night of the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bridgend when the festival hosts a gig on the maes.
Plans are also afoot for BBC Radio Cymru Mwy’s presenters to feature on the main station; fans of comedian the Welsh Whisperer can expect to hear him every Friday evening in the new year while Elan Evans is also expected to take to the BBC Radio Cymru airwaves in the summer.
Finally, the old and the new will unite to bring BBC Radio Cymru Mwy to a close. On January 3 1977, Hywel Gwynfryn and Gwyn Llywelyn were the presenters who welcomed listeners to Radio Cymru on that historic morning. On Tuesday, 3 January 2017, Radio Cymru Mwy will relive it, by repeating those first hours of broadcasting forty years ago.
BBC Radio Cymru Mwy listeners are asked to continue to send any comments during the final month of broadcasting to [email protected]