News Editor, Radio Wales
Working on Good Morning Wales has got to be one of the best jobs in Welsh broadcasting. Where else would your job description read: find a host of interesting, relevant, important and intriguing stories, then tell them in the most engaging and creative way you can.
Oh and you’ve got a blank, three-hour canvas every single day with which to play around. What an opportunity.
Of course, with the opportunity come demands and responsibilities. Good Morning is a demanding programme to work on. It’s a 24 hour operation. As one programme is coming off-air, work on the next one is beginning. And of course, work on some stories will have started long before that.
Presenters Louise Elliott & Oliver Hides give us an insight into what it takes to get Good Morning Wales on air
A programme which starts at 6am means that while most of the nation is sleeping soundly, producers, researchers and presenters will be fine-tuning items, refining scripts, chasing new guests and stories or looking for fresh audio.
A couple of days later those same producers and researchers could well be burning the...
Our July has been pretty disappointing but for the start of August it's going to feel a bit warmer with some sunshine. I am not promising a heatwave but we'll get rid of the chilly feel.
Friday is looking a bit more unsettled with sunshine and a few showers across the north and west. It will feel warmer as the winds switch from a north-westerly to a south-westerly. If you can dodge the showers it's not a bad day to get out and enjoy areas such as St. Catherine’s Island in Tenby. Thank you Nigel Scriven for sharing this picture with us.
St. Catherine’s Island in Tenby, taken by Nigel Scriven
There's a full moon coming this Friday that is unlike anything we've seen since 2012 and won't see again until early 2018! - It's called a blue moon. Despite the name don't expect the moon to actually turn blue. This full moon is special because it's the second one to occur this month - that's what a 'blue moon' is. The first full moon happened on July 2nd. It's a pretty cloudy night but Powys and the north coast stand the best chance of seeing...
Executive Producer of BBC Cymru Wales's Eisteddfod coverage
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Usually, my stomach starts to churn every June... 100 hours of television, 100 hours of radio and, on top of this, live web streams from the pavilion for 8 consecutive days... yes, the Eisteddfod is nearly here.
My job is to make sure that all of BBC Cymru Wales’ broadcasting goes as smoothly as possible. In order to do this, thousands of metres of cables need to be laid out for our cameras, hundreds upon hundreds of bulbs are needed for our lighting, tens of microphones, electricity generators, numerous computers to run everything from the pavilion results systems to the television graphics.
Directing TV output from inside the OB van
Broadcasting from the National Eisteddfod is one of the biggest television events in Britain - second only to Wimbledon... so they say.
The detailed work starts once we get the Eisteddfod list of events in early summer. Elfed Roberts, the festival's Chief Executive, joins us to go through the programme, and he suggests stories, ideas and observations in order for the...
Chorus Manager for BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales
I’ve worked with the Chorus for the past 9 and 3/4 years (yes, I've been here that long!), and of all our concerts there's something about The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall that's a little bit special. Standing on the stage of such a grand place, representing our nation, you get an overwhelming sense of pride.
BBC Proms Ten Pieces concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Guy Levy
Having performed last year at the First Night of the Proms, the Chorus were...
Well, we had a weekend of two halves! Saturday was perfect BBQ weather and Sunday was more like Autumn than Summer. But we're not done with Summer just yet and the weather should improve as the week goes on.
One thing that you’re sure to notice this week is the cooler feel to the weather. Nights will be chilly and there maybe even some ground frost (most likely across north Wales). Once we get through the showery regime Monday and Tuesday, the weather should then settle down. We can then look forward to more sunsets like this one in Rhos on Sea taken by Sandra Roberts.
Sunset by Sandra Roberts
The weather at the Royal Welsh Show this week was very mixed. It has been cloudy and breezy at times with a few showers, otherwise a lot of dry weather with some sunshine on Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures reached 16 to 20°C - not that high but ideal for walking around the showground. I’ll never forget being at the show in July 2006 which was a scorcher - the temperature in Llanelwedd soared to over 30°C!
Preparations underway for the World Mounted Games at the Royal Welsh Show
Television Producer / Director
Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight Before I Kick The Bucket goes to air. I can’t believe I just wrote that. It’s my first television documentary and I’m pinching myself repeatedly to double-check I’m not dreaming. Ouch. Ouch.
It seems like only yesterday that I first met Rowena Kincaid, the indomitable heroine and presenter of the programme. It was late last summer and I’d been asked to meet her in...
This week’s forecast is very unsettled, but at least that means we won't get bored with the conditions! If you are going to the Royal Welsh Show be sure to take a rain coat and sunscreen with you.
Monday is a muggy day mixed with some sunshine and a fair few showers. Through Monday night it will become drier and fresher. At first there will be some clear spells which will cloud over again in the overnight period.
For the first week of the school holidays we can expect some sunshine with a few showers sneaking around. This is all down to low pressure controlling our weather from the north...
The weather has been pretty mixed for the past few days. This is all down to the positioning of the jet stream which has been sitting further south than it should be for this time of the year. This large ribbon of air feeding in a series of weather systems has brought all the cloud and some rain. In between we have seen ridges of high pressure building to bring some fine weather. This changeable theme is set to continue well into next week.
Jet stream for Thursday 16 July
We've had a taste of summer at times over the last couple of weeks - but this week's looking much more mixed.
Graigwen by Dai Parker
Monday will be largely overcast with some rain which will slowly ease but it will remain cloudy with some mist patches and south-westerly winds. Despite the lack of sunshine it will still feel a bit muggy with top temperatures 16ºC in Ceredigion and 19ºC in Flintshire.
On Monday evening...