EMMY-NOMINATED Welsh actor Matthew Rhys is the new voice of BBC Radio Wales, it was announced today.
Matthew’s mum comes from Fishguard.
As part of a wave of changes coming to the station this weekend, Matthew Rhys - star of Brothers and Sisters and The Americans - will be heard on-air from Saturday.
Matthew says: “It was great fun becoming the voice of BBC Radio Wales - my sister often said I had the perfect face for radio.”
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 2pm and 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 4pm - 7pm will see BBC Asian Network’s Shazia Awan join the station for three hours of topical discussion.
And from Monday 22 May, former Top of the Pops, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Janice Long will broadcast live from Wrexham between 7pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday. The first show launches with rising Welsh singer Betsy, plus legendary 90s band The Charlatans.
Colin Paterson, editor of BBC Radio Wales says: “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.”
This week’s County Echo is out in shops Thursday.