BBC Radio Wales’ afternoon presenter Louise Elliott is taking a 12-month career break, she announced to her listeners today.
Louise explained that she will use the time to pursue her ambition to write.
During her break, Louise will be mentored creatively by established writers in Wales and already has a wish-list of projects to start work on.
“I began my career writing for newspapers and I’m really looking forward to returning to the written word,” said Louise. “As well as writing for the stage, I’m aiming to develop ideas for radio drama – and finally write a novel.”
Louise says that she’ll also use her break to free up some more quality family time.
“I’m a wife and mum to two girls, step-mum to another, so we’re a very busy household. After 15 years of working full-time as a journalist and presenter at the BBC, I’ve come to the conclusion that my family deserves more of my time.”
Louise joined BBC Radio Wales in 2007 after nine years in news, current affairs and consumer journalism on television and radio at BBC Cymru Wales.
Following her career break, she plans to return to BBC Wales to further her career in journalism.
Steve Austins, Editor of BBC Radio Wales, said: “Louise is a terrific broadcaster and we’re sad to see her leave BBC Radio Wales. We wish her well with her writing ambitions.”
The plans for BBC Radio Wales’ afternoon programmes will be announced in the coming weeks.