Public shapes Radio Cymru schedule

Presenters Tommo, Shan Cothi and Dylan Jones in front of a gritstone wall Tommo, Shan Cothi and Dylan Jones will host the station's daytime shows

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After a turbulent year that included a royalties dispute with Welsh language musicians, Radio Cymru launched its new schedule on Monday.

In a blog, Betsan Powys, programme editor for the Welsh language station, wrote: "Some voices will have gone, there will be some new ones, and some very familiar voices will be trying something completely new."

Award-winning presenter Tommo has joined from commercial radio and said he hoped to "bring afternoons full of music and fun to Radio Cymru listeners".

Dylan Jones will continue on the morning news programme Post Cyntaf, and then host his new breakfast show, while Shan Cothi will present a new programme from 10am.

Lunchtime output will also feature phone-ins, comedies and panel shows.

The line-up changes follow the biggest consultation ever undertaken by BBC Wales, held last year after a fall in listener figures.

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At the start of 2013, a royalties dispute between Welsh language musicians and the BBC also prevented Radio Cymru from the rights to play about 30,000 songs.

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Described as the biggest crisis ever faced by the station, Radio Cymru was forced to change its schedule and reduce its daily broadcasting hours for a six-week period last year.

Powys, who spoke to listeners as part of the consultation, blogged that the most common criticism was that the station was "trying to be everything to everyone all the time, and therefore offering too much of the same content for the same audience".

The former BBC Wales political editor added: "From Monday that will not be the case."

"We'll be broadcasting every single weekday from Bangor, Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, Swansea and Cardiff - quite an achievement."

According to latest Rajar figures, the station's weekly audience recently grew to 140,000, which represents a 20% share among fluent Welsh speakers.

Powys blogged that the station, which calls itself "Llais Cymru" (the voice of Wales), was hoping to broaden its appeal.

She added that a key message from the audience consultation was that "Radio Cymru is mainly for Welsh music".

"In fact, many would welcome more Welsh music, old and new, and a truly diverse selection on the station.

"Perhaps there's room for some English music here and there, you may say, but not too much. And so it will be."

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