The English language Wales Today programme is having an on-screen shake-up.
“I’m really excited about the new line-up and about the changes that mean I will get the chance to be out and about a little more, to cover the stories that really matter to our viewers.” – Lucy Owen
Lucy Owen, Jennifer Jones and Nick Servini will present a full picture of the day’s news, sport and weather in studio and on location, hearing from the people making the news and challenging those in power.
Lucy Owen has presented Wales Today for more than ten years and also presents BBC Wales’ consumer programme X-Ray. In a move that sees her share screen time, which the BBC tried in the North East in the late 1980s by giving Mike Neville a co-presenter (Wendy Gibson) – which proved unpopular with viewers, Lucy will have ‘more time’ to get ‘out and about’. Lucy will be joined by Jennifer Jones and Nick Servini.
The beeb in the North East also tried a three-presenter version of Look North in 1996, with John Lawrence, Carol Malia and Chris Jackson all sat behind a long desk, it lasted less than a year, dropping to a two-presenter show, finally Carol the sole survivor, now racking up 22-years on the programme. The corporation have yet to state clearly the format however, whether all three will present together or alternate solo the presenting duties which would be likely more appealing to viewers.
Jennifer Jones is a journalist and news presenter for BBC Wales. She’s worked in both Welsh and English presenting Newyddion on S4C and narrating The Crash Detectives on BBC One Wales. Jennifer has recently presented Wales Today on a regular basis.
“Being one of the main presenters on Wales Today is a huge privilege and I’m delighted to be part of such a hard-working and talented team of journalists.” – Jennifer Jones
Nick Servini will be leaving his role as BBC Wales’ Political Editor to present Wales Today after an exceptionally significant and busy time in politics. Nick was previously BBC Wales Business Correspondent and a reporter on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales programme.
“After reporting on politics for Wales Today for many years I’m looking forward to taking up the challenge of presenting the programme. I can’t wait to join Lucy, Jen and the rest of the team on BBC One Wales’ flagship nightly news show.” – Nick Servini
The new look Wales Today launches on Monday June 4th with Lucy Owen, Jennifer Jones and Nick Servini hosting the main programme at 6.30pm, the lunchtime show and late bulletin on BBC One Wales. They will also deliver special reports on a range on topics, including the NHS’s 70th anniversary this summer.
“I am delighted to announce the new line-up of presenters for Wales Today. Lucy, Jen and Nick have a wealth of experience reporting and presenting. They have a very important job to do in telling the stories of Wales, asking the questions that need to be asked and reaching out to new audiences from all parts of Wales.” – Delyth Isaac, BBC Wales Today Editor