Former Radio 1 and Radio 2 presenter Janice Long is to become a permanent part of BBC Radio Wales’ evening schedule after joining the station for the summer.
She’s been presenting a Summer Nights programme Mondays to Thursdays from Wrexham – it’s understood the new show will continue to feature live sessions from big names and provide a platform for Welsh artists.
Radio Wales is also going to broadcast a new six-part sitcom next February, which will be written by and star Gavin & Stacey’s Ruth Jones. Called Splott, it will be set in the Cardiff district of the same name and be about the life of a single mum.
Ruth Jones says: “Let’s be honest, who can’t help but love the name Splott. A name made more loveable by the fact that it’s a real place nestled in the heart of Wales’s capital. I’m so excited to be playing a strong gutsy Cardiffian in what I hope is going to be a refreshingly daft and silly sit com on Radio Wales.”
Colin Paterson, Editor of Radio Wales says: “Ruth is one of the biggest comedy talents of her generation; I couldn’t be more pleased that she has agreed to work with Radio Wales. And welcoming Janice in as a permanent part of the existing line-up shows we’re serious about bringing our audience the biggest names.”
Other changes to the schedule see a new Sunday morning show from September, initially presented by Lucy Owen. This will be followed by Owen Money’s Solid Gold Sunday over Sunday lunchtime.