BBC Cymru Wales follows Olympic Torch Relay in Wales

Date: 17.05.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.55
Category: Wales
The Olympic flame reaches Wales on its epic journey around the UK on Friday, May 25. To cover the Olympic Torch Relay journey around Wales, BBC Cymru Wales will be hosting one of its most ambitious outside broadcast commitments ever to bring all the excitement of the relay to viewers and listeners.

A specially extended hour long edition of BBC Wales’ flagship early evening news programme Wales Today will have coverage of the arrival of the torch in Wales on Friday, May 25.

In the Wales Today: Olympic Torch Relay Special on BBC One Wales from 6.30pm Claire Summers, Jamie Owen and Olympic silver-medallist Iwan Thomas will be in Cooper’s Field, Cardiff, where a celebratory concert is being held. Lucy Owen, Sian Lloyd and Tomos Dafydd will report live on the torch’s route through the capital. There will also be extensive reports on the journey of the torch as it makes its way across south east Wales.

BBC Cymru Wales’ news programme for S4C, Newyddion, will have a specially extended hour long edition the same night from 7pm. The programme is presented by Rhun ap Iorwerth with Rhodri Llywelyn and Iwan Griffiths, with Sara Gibson in with the crowds at the live concert. BBC Wales Today and Newyddion will also have extensive coverage of the torch relay as it makes its way across Wales.

BBC Radio Wales

BBC Radio Wales mounts it’s most ambitious outside broadcast in the station’s history for the Torch Relay, with 27 live programmes from along the route over five days, and evening programme specials from the Olympic Concerts locations in Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor with Frances Donovan.

The extensive coverage starts on Friday, May 25 with Oliver Hides in Good Morning Wales from 6am and Jamie Owen and Louise Elliott from 9am live from Shire Hall in Monmouth here the torch will arrive. From 12 noon Jason Mohammad with the Radio Wales Phone-in is live from Blaenavon and from 2pm Roy Noble takes over the coverage from the area. From 7pm to 10pm Frances Donovan has a special programme rounding up the day’s events live from the evening concert at Cooper’s Field in Cardiff in The Olympic Torch in Wales – Cardiff.

Coverage continues throughout the weekend – Saturday, May 26, kicks off with Peter Johnson live from the torch route in Barry for Good Morning Wales from 7am. From 9am Owen Money with Money for Nothing will be live from the Caerphilly Visitors Centre and from 11am Chris Corcoran takes over the airwaves live from outside Merthyr Tydfil. Mal Pope will be live at the Somerset Arms in Margam for coverage of the Torch Relay during the afternoon from 2pm. Then from 5pm Frances Donovan presents highlights of the day live from the evening concert in Singleton Park, Swansea in The Olympic Torch in Wales – Swansea.

Coverage of the Torch Relay continues on Sunday, May 26, with Owen Money live from the Castle Hotel in Haverfordwest. From 1pm Mal Pope continues coverage from Cardigan Playing Fields and at 6pm Frances Donovan will round-up the day’s events from the live event in Aberystwyth in The Olympic Torch in Wales – Aberystwyth.

On Monday, May 27, coverage starts early in the morning with Oliver Hides live from Aberystwyth Promenade in Good Morning Wales from 6am. Louise Elliott will be live at the Queen’s Hotel Blaenau Ffestiniog, overlooking the railway station where the torch will arrive in the morning. From 12 noon Jason Mohammad will be at Porthmadog railway station in the Radio Wales Phone-in. Roy Noble will be live from the centre of Caernarfon as the torch reaches the town from 2pm and Frances Donovan presents the The Olympic Torch in Wales – Bangor live from the event in the city during the evening from 7pm.

For the fifth day of the torch relay Oliver Hides will be live from the Antelope Pub by the Menai Straits in Good Morning Wales from 6am. Then from 9am Louise Elliott will be live from the Snowdon Mountain Railway ahead of the flame taking a trip up Snowdon, with Sian Parri Hughes following the torch on its journey. Jason Mohammad will be live from Erias Park in Colwyn Bay as the torch takes a ride on the aerial cable car in the Radio Wales Phone-in from 12 noon. From 2pm Roy Noble will be live in Connah’s Quay in Flintshire as the torch reaches the town.

On Wednesday, May 30 the torch makes a detour back into Wales and Oliver Hides will be live from Guildhall Green in Wrexham for Good Morning Wales from 6am to follow the torch route. From 9am Jamie Owen and Louise Elliott will be live at the Café Pinewoods to oversee events in Welshpool.

BBC Radio Cymru

BBC Radio Cymru will have extensive coverage of the torch as it makes its way around Wales with special live broadcasts along the route and live reports into regular output from the torch relay.

Starting on Friday, May 25, Garry Owen and Iola Wyn will be live from Shire Hall in Monmouth ahead of the torch arriving in Wales for Post Cyntaf from 6am. There will also be updates in Dafydd a Caryl and Nia programmes throughout the morning. From 12 noon Dylan Jones will be live in Abergavenny for Taro’r Post as the torch arrives in the town. Alun Thomas will be reporting live from the build up to the big concert in Cooper’s Field in Cardiff in Post Prynhawn from 5pm. Taith y Fflam from 6.30pm with Nia Roberts, Hywel Gwynfryn and Rebecca Hayes is live from the event.

Coverage continues on Saturday, May 26, with Gwenllian Grigg and Iola Wyn live from Barry Island for a special Post Cyntaf from 8am. There’s live coverage from the Somerset Arms, Margam, as the torch arrives in the afternoon from 3pm and from 6.30pm Daf Du will have live coverage from Singleton Park, Swansea in Taith y Fflam.

On Sunday, May 27, Rhodri Llywelyn and Iola Wyn will have live coverage from Swansea Prom in Post Cyntaf from 7am. Coverage of the relay continues with Hywel Gwynfryn live from George V Playing Fields in Cardigan from 10.45am. From 6.15pm Geraint Lloyd will be live from the torch concert at the Vicarage Cricket Fields in Aberystwyth in Taith y Fflam.

Post Cyntaf on Monday, May 28, will be live from Aberystwyth Prom with Garry Owen as the torch continues its tour of Wales. From 12 noon Dylan Jones is live from Porthmadog Railway Station for Taro’r Post and from 5pm Alun Rhys reports live for Post Prynhawn from Vaynol Fields in Bangor ahead of the evening torch concert. Taith y Fflam with Lisa Gwilym from 6.30pm.

For the fifth day of the torch relay Nia Thomas and Aled Hughes are live from Menai Bridge for Post Cyntaf from 6.30am. From 8.30am Daf a Caryl are at Snowdon Mountain Railway, as the torch is taken up the mountain. On Wednesday, May 30 Nia Thomas and Aled Hughes are live from Wrexham Guildhall Green in Post Cyntaf as the torch relay reaches Wrexham.

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