Matthew Rhys is to become the voice of BBC Radio Wales while former Top of the Pops presenter Janice Long joins the station.

“Matthew has a rich and distinctive Welsh accent, and is such a well-loved actor here in Wales. I’m so happy we’ve managed to secure a strong and varied set of new voices for the station, creating a fresh sound for the summer.” – Colin Paterson, Editor of BBC Radio Wales
Emmy-nominated Welsh actor Matthew Rhys is the new voice of BBC Radio Wales, the beeb have revealed. The new sound to the station’s identity is part of a wave of changes coming to the output of the network from this weekend, with Rhys – star of Brothers And Sisters and The Americans – heard on-air in the jingles and promotions from Saturday 20th May.

Saturday also sees the start of brand-new afternoon shows that will run throughout the summer. Wales Today and X-Ray presenter Lucy Owen will host a show on Saturday afternoons between 2-4pm during May and June, until presenter, producer and former West End star Connie Fisher takes the helm during July and August.

Saturday early evenings between 4-7pm will see BBC Asian Network’s Shazia Awan join the station for three hours of topical discussion. And from Monday May 22nd former Top of the Pops, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Janice Long will broadcast live from Wrexham between 7-10pm, Monday to Thursday. The first show launches with rising Welsh singer Betsy, plus legendary 90s band The Charlatans.

“It was great fun becoming the voice of BBC Radio Wales – my sister often said I had the perfect face for radio.” – Matthew Rhys

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