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BBC Radio Cymru
Radio Cymru logo
City of license Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth
Broadcast area Wales Wales
Frequency FM: 92.4-96.8, 103.5-104.9 MHz
Freeview: 720 (Wales only)
Freesat: 715
Sky: 0154
Virgin Media: 936
Online: [1]
First air date 3 January 1977
Format News, Music, Sport
Audience share 2.5% (September 2009, [2])
Owner BBC,
BBC Cymru

BBC Radio Cymru is BBC Wales's Welsh language radio station, broadcasting throughout Wales from Cardiff on FM since 1977. It was one of the few FM-only radio services in the UK at the time of its launch. The station now broadcasts for 20 hours a day (0500–0100) and is also carried on DAB digital radio within Wales, and also on Freeview and satellite. The station has also been broadcasting on the Internet since January 2005.[3]

Radio Cymru first began broadcasting on 3 January 1977 with a news bulletin read by Gwyn Llewellyn, followed by its first programme – the breakfast show Helo Bobol!, presented by Hywel Gwynfryn. Radio Cymru was the first dedicated Welsh language broadcasting outlet, allowing much more airtime for Welsh language programmes than had previously been available on the old Radio 4 Wales (or the Welsh Home Service prior to 1967). Over the years it has done much to promote the language, with its sports commentators coining new terms which later became accepted by Welsh linguists.

It is similar in format to many radio stations with news programmes at breakfast (Post Cyntaf), lunchtime (Taro'r Post – a debate-driven programme) and drivetime (Post Prynhawn), DJs who chat to callers and run competitions (Jonsi, for example) and until recently, a daily soap opera (Rhydeglwys). Radio Cymru also produces current affairs, drama, features, youth and sports programming. One of its more unusual programmes is Y Talwrn, a poetry competition in which teams must come up with poetry in specific styles on specific topics.

Radio Cymru programming is produced from studios in Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth.



The evening output of Radio Cymru (8 pm to 1 am) is branded "C2" and is aimed at a younger audience than the rest of the station. It covers the contemporary Welsh music scene extensively. The service typically opens at 8 pm each weeknight with Magi Dodd presenting and closes at 1 am. Since October 2007, the 10 pm hour has been given over to new music and features.

Other presenters include Glyn Wise, Huw Stephens and Lisa Gwilym.

Most of C2's programmes are produced in Cardiff with the exception of the Lisa Gwilym show and some feature series, which are produced from the station's studios in Bangor.

Regular presenters

Radio Cymru presenters, sorted alphabetically

  • Kate Crockett (Stiwdio)
  • Iolo ap Dafydd (Post Cyntaf)
  • Magi Dodd (C2)
  • Dafydd Du (Weekday mornings, Saturday lunchtime)
  • Dylan Ebenezer (Camp Lawn, C2 sport on Tuesday)
  • Beti George (Beti a'i Phobol, events coverage)
  • Daniel Glyn (C2 Wednesday)
  • Gareth Glyn (Post Prynhawn)
  • Marc Griffiths (Saturday evening show)
  • Gwenllian Grigg (Post Cyntaf Saturday, C2 news)
  • Lisa Gwilym (C2 Thursday and Friday, Sunday afternoon show)
  • Owain Gwilym (Saturday afternoons)
  • Hywel Gwynfryn (Sunday morning show)
  • John Hardy (Cofio)
  • Dai Jones (Ar Eich Cais)
  • Dylan Jones (Taro'r Post, Ar y Marc)
  • Jonsi (Eifion Jones) (Weekday afternoons)
  • John Jones (John ac Alun)
  • Rhys Jones (Taro Nodyn)
  • Bethan Lewis (Dau o'r Bae)
  • Geraint Lloyd (Weekday evening show)
  • Dewi Llwyd (Dewi Llwyd ar Fore Sul)
  • Hywel Llewellyn (Post Cyntaf on Friday and Saturday)
  • Brychan Llyr (Blas)
  • Elin Manahan Thomas (Sunday breakfast show)
  • Nia Medi (C2 Thursday and Friday)
  • Wil Morgan (Saturday night requests show, travel news)
  • Garry Owen (Post Cyntaf)
  • Gerallt Lloyd Owen (Y Talwrn)
  • Gwilym Owen (Wythnos Gwilym Owen, Manylu)
  • Tudur Owen (Saturday lunchtime)
  • Gerallt Pennant (Galwad Cynnar)
  • Gary Pritchard (Ar y Marc)
  • Richard Rees (Monday - Saturday mornings)
  • Alun Roberts (John ac Alun)
  • John Roberts (Bwrw Golwg)
  • Nia Roberts (Nia)
  • Vaughan Roderick (Dau o'r Bae)
  • Eleri Sion (Camp Lawn, weekday mornings)
  • Gary Slaymaker (Bwletîn)
  • Huw Stephens (C2 Monday and Tuesday)
  • Hefin Thomas (C2 Monday and Tuesday)
  • Maldwyn Thomas (Dal i Gredu)
  • Nia Thomas (Post Cyntaf)
  • Dei Tomos (Byd Amaeth, Sunday evening show)
  • Iolo Williams (Byd Iolo)
  • Rhodri Ogwen Williams (Blas)
  • Glyn Wise (C2)


Currently, Radio Cymru's regular programming line-up consists of:


Weekdays: daily programmes

  • Rebecca Jones (Early morning show): weekdays, 5 am – 7 am
  • Post Cyntaf (Breakfast news): weekdays, 7 am – 8:30 am
  • Eleri Sion a Dafydd Du (Morning show): weekdays, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Nia (Mid-morning show): weekdays, 10:30 am – 12 pm
  • Taro'r Post (Lunchtime phone-in debate): weekdays, 12 pm – 1 pm
  • Newyddion a Chwaraeon (News and sport): weekdays, 1 pm – 1:15 pm
  • Jonsi (Afternoon show): weekdays, 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Post Prynhawn (Drivetime news): weekdays, 5 pm – 6 pm
  • Geraint Lloyd (Evening show): weekdays, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
  • C2: Magi Dodd (Evening show): weekdays, 8 pm – 10 pm

Weekdays: other programmes

Other weekday programming includes:

  • Wythnos Gwilym Owen (Current affairs debate): Mondays, 1:15 pm – 2 pm
  • Manylu (Current affairs): Mondays, 6 pm – 6:30 pm
  • C2: Huw Stephens (New music): Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 pm – 11 pm
  • C2: Hefin Thomas (Music, sport, talk): Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 pm – 1 am
  • Blas (Cookery): Wednesdays, 1:15 pm – 2 pm (repeated on Sunday afternoons, 1:15 pm)
  • C2 (Music features): Wednesdays, 10 pm – 11 pm (repeated on Sunday evenings, 12 am)
  • Beti a'i Phobol (Talk show): Thursdays, 1:15 pm – 2 pm (repeated on Sunday mornings at 10 am)
  • Stiwdio (Arts): Thursdays, 6 pm – 6:30 pm (repeated on Saturday evenings, times vary)
  • C2: Lisa Gwilym (Music): Thursdays and Fridays, 10 pm – 11 pm
  • C2: Nia Medi (Music, talk): Thursdays and Fridays, 11 pm – 1 am
  • Dau o'r Bae (Political affairs) – Fridays, 1:15 pm – 2 pm

N.B. Various programmes are broadcast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6 pm.


  • Byd Amaeth (Rural affairs): 6 am – 6:30 am
  • Galwad Cynnar (Gardening/nature): 6:30 am – 8 am
  • Post Cyntaf (Breakfast news): 8am – 8:30 am
  • Ar Y Marc (Football): 8:30 am – 9 am
  • Cofio (Nostalgia): 9 am – 10 am (repeated on Sunday evenings at 9 pm)
  • Richard Rees (Music): 10 am – 12 pm
  • Owain Gwilym (Lunchtime show): 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • Camp Lawn (Sport): Saturday afternoons during the football/rugby season, times vary
  • Wythnos i'w Chofio (Highlights of Radio Cymru programmes): Saturday evenings, times vary (repeated on Sunday afternoons at 12:30 pm)
  • Marc Griffiths (Evening show): times vary
  • Wil Morgan (Late night request show): 10 pm – 1 am


  • Elin Manahan Thomas (Classical music): 6 am – 8 am
  • Bwrw Golwg (Religious affairs): 8:05 am – 8:30 am
  • Dewi Llwyd ar Fore Sul (Current affairs/talk): 8:30 am – 10 am
  • Hwyel Gwynfryn (Mid-morning show): 10:40 am – 12 pm
  • Yr Oedfa (Religious service): 12 pm – 12:30 pm (repeated the next Sunday morning at 5am)
  • Newyddion a Chwaraeon (News and sport): 1 pm – 1:15 pm
  • Lisa Gwilym: (Contemporary music): 2:30 pm – 4:20 pm
  • Dal i Gredu: (Religious comment): 4:20 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Caniadaeth y Cysegr (Religious hymn singing): 4:30 pm – 5 pm (repeated the next Sunday morning at 5:30 am)
  • Dei Tomos (Early evening show): – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
  • Y Talwrn (Poetry contest): 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm (repeated on Tuesday lunchtimes at 1:15 pm)
  • Ar Eich Cais (Evening request show): 7:30 pm – 9 pm
  • John ac Alun (Country music): 10 pm – 12 am
  • C2 (Contemporary music): 12 – 1 am

N.B. Various programmes are broadcast at 2 pm and 5 pm.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night is simulcast on Radio Cymru after closedown every night. This is except for the week of the National Eisteddfod when the station remains on-air through the night for extra programming and non-stop music. An all-night programme of non-stop music is also broadcast on Christmas Eve. Occasional special broadcasts such as election coverage and schools programming are also broadcast overnight.

September 2008 relaunch

In July 2008, it was announced that major changes to Radio Cymru's weekday programming line-up would occur. On Monday 29 September 2008, Eifion Jonsi Jones moved from his previous mid-morning timeslot of 8:30 am – 10:30 am to a new afternoon show from 2 to 5 pm. The 8:30 am – 10:30 am morning show is now presented by sports presenter Eleri Sion and Dafydd Du (previously presenter of the late show on C2). Du left C2 on 19 September 2008 to prepare for the new morning show. He has been replaced on C2's late show by three new presenters – Hefin Thomas (Monday/Tuesday), Daniel Glyn (Wednesday) and Nia Medi (Thursday/Friday).

The late morning magazine show, Hwyel a Nia, ended on Friday 26 September 2008 with the departure of Hywel Gwynfryn. Nia Roberts now presents the late morning programme solo from 10:30 am – 12 pm, under the new title of Nia. The lunchtime news and current affairs phone-in Taro'r Post is broadcast an hour earlier at 12:00 pm and followed by an extended news bulletin at 1 pm. Various programming is broadcast from 1:15 pm to 2 pm.

As part of the changes, the Sian Thomas show, the afternoon request show Dylan a Meinir and the opt-out service for South West Wales were axed. Sian Thomas presented her final programme on Friday 19 September 2008, with the final edition of Dylan a Meinir and the last South West opt-outs broadcast on Friday 26 September 2008.

The station's website was also revamped.

Transmitters and frequencies

Main transmitters


See also

External links


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