Louise Elliott to leave Radio Wales

Louise Elliott

Louise Elliott is to leave Radio Wales in October to pursue her writing ambitions.

The afternoon show presenter is taking a year-long career break to devote time to developing a radio drama and penning a novel.

She will be mentored by some established writers in Wales.

'I began my career writing for newspapers and I'm really looking forward to returning to the written word,' says Elliott, who also wants to spend more time with her family.

'I'm a wife and mum to two girls, step-mum to another, so we're a very busy household,' she says. 'After 15 years of working full-time as a journalist and presenter at the BBC, I've come to the conclusion that my family deserves more of my time.'

Elliott, who took over the afternoon show a year ago, joined Radio Wales in 2007. She previously fronted BBC Wales' consumer show X-Ray, earning herself a consumer journalist of the year award.

She was a correspondent in the BBC Wales newsroom, and has also spent time in London, reporting on anything from foot and mouth to the Budget for Today, PM, BBC Breakfast, News 24 and 5 live.

Elliott plans to return to BBC Wales after her break to work in journalism.

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