BBC presenter Rhun ap Iorwerth seeks Plaid nomination

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BBC Wales news presenter Rhun ap Iorwerth has left the corporation as he hopes to stand in the forthcoming Anglesey by-election.

He intends to win the Plaid Cymru nomination for the Welsh Assembly seat, which was recently vacated by former party leader Ieuan Wyn Jones.

Mr ap Iorwerth presented the evening news programme Newyddion 9 on Welsh language channel S4C before deciding to step down.

He joined the corporation in 1994, and spent five years as chief political correspondent for BBC Wales.

He also reported from New York in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001, and has hosted coverage of the National Eisteddfod festivals in Wales.

In a blog, he said that representing Anglesey, where he was brought up, would be "the highest honour I could receive".

A corporation spokesperson said: "In the interests of impartiality, Rhun ap Iorwerth has stepped down from his BBC role with immediate effect.

"We'd like to thank Rhun for the contribution he's made to the work of BBC Cymru Wales."

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