Radio Wales offers chance to be producer for a day

Date: 27.09.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.17
Category: Wales
BBC Radio Wales is offering the opportunity to work alongside presenters Jamie Owen, Louise Elliott and their team to bring a special programme live from Merthyr Tydfil town centre on Friday 14 October.

The Jamie and Louise programme is offering a unique chance for a member of the community to work as one of the production team, contributing ideas and taking part in one of Radio Wales' most popular radio programmes. Broadcasting live from Merthyr Tydfil, the weekday morning programme is looking for local stories, items and issues, giving local people the opportunity to have their say. What do they think would make an interesting and engaging radio programme?

"We're looking to focus all three hours of the programme on Merthyr for a day, painting a picture of the area in 2011. Working with the guest producer, we have the chance to highlight all sides of the story, presenting a rounded portrayal of what's happening in the town. Our aim is to meet as many people as possible, bringing stories from the heart of the community to audiences across Wales," says Jamie Owen.

Merthyr has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the UK, on average children in Merthyr start smoking at the age of nine and last year the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith was criticised for claiming that people in Merthyr were unaware they can get on a bus to look for jobs in Cardiff. But does this paint a true picture?

One year on from the Governments Comprehensive Spending Review, numerous BBC Radio Wales programmes will be broadcasting from Merthyr (Friday 14 October to Saturday 15 October) showing what is really going on in the area. Do Merthyr people feel that they get a rough ride from the media? What are the positive things going on? News, sport, daytime, feature and entertainment programmes will all be considering these topics.

The Friday programmes include:

  • 6am-9am – Good Morning Wales from Dowlais Engine House
  • 9am-12pm – Jamie and Louise from Merthyr Town Centre
  • 12pm-2pm – Radio Wales Phone-in from Merthyr College
  • 2pm-5pm – Roy Noble from Merthyr College
  • 5pm-6.30pm – Good Evening Wales from Dowlais Engine House

Those interested in being a producer for the day can contact the programme by email:, text 8 10 12, or phone 03700 100 120.